Public speaking refers to an oral presentation in which you communicate a message to an audience. Whether it’s an audience of three or three thousand, you may be engaged in public speaking for one of three reasons: to inform, persuade, or entertain. Unless you are a professional actor or stand-up comedian, you are more likely to encounter opportunities to inform or persuade in your regular job responsibilities. Some situations that you might find yourself in on a daily basis include:
Presenting information in front of a group of co-workers or customers.
Providing an update during a staff meeting.
Giving a sales presentation.
Many of us have witnessed what a poor public speaker looks like, but what makes someone a “great” public speaker? Below is a list of five traits of effective public speakers. This list could probably be longer, but I think that this encompasses where we should all strive to be.
5 traits of an effective public speaker:
Clear communication: your intended message is getting across. This is because you choose your words carefully so your speech is easy to understand. You also have clear speech, which means you articulate your words, do not mumble, and do not speak too fast.
Confident demeanor: you appear competent; people believe you know what you are talking about. You can also appear confident in the way you stand. You stand up tall and make eye contact with your audience.
Comfortable in social situations: you appear relaxed. You are not nervous and conversation flows freely. You are not flustered by questions.
Commanding respect: people want to listen to you. You capture their attention by the way that you speak and “fill” the room. You are viewed as an expert in your subject.
Connecting with others: you appear approachable. No one has all the answers, and we are all human. You may achieve this by telling a story or sharing personal information.
What kind of public speaker are you?