To become thoroughly self-confident as a public speaker, you should believe in your own ideas, live them, and advocate them with earnestness and conviction. You will be steadied by the consciousness of being in the right - that you truly know what you’re saying.
The one thing needful in the development of self-confidence in public speaking is practice. In all first efforts, whether it be to write, to swim, or to dance, we have crudeness, uncertainty, and limitations. Similarly, as a beginner in public speaking, you’re on unfamiliar ground, and cannot help being self-conscious.
Speaking is one of the most powerful tools of mass communication and very helpful in case one has to communicate with a large audience. A speech is prepared according to the audience and their language. Speeches used to be spontaneous but the modern day speeches are well planned and there are speech writing tips that can make a lot of difference to the quality of a speech.
Public speaking is when you stand before an audience and deliver a speech at a formal or an informal occasion. For many people, speaking in front of a large audience is a daunting task, so it is quite natural to become very nervous (though with effective training this could be overcome).
As public speaking has become a serious career option, many people are enrolling for classes where they are taught skills and techniques to speak well and speak effectively before a gathering. However, to be a good speaker, you should know the four types of public speaking and the peculiarities of each one of them.
Effective interpersonal communication helps us express ourselves and share our thoughts with the people around us. Have you ever seen a job advertisement where they required that applicants must possess “good communication and interpersonal skills”?
I’m sure that like most people, you must have included this line in your CV, right? But let’s be honest here, most people don’t even have a clue what that skill entails. If they did, then employers would not continue to complain about the rampant failures at job interviews due to poor self expression by applicants.
Do you merely state it in your CV to fulfil all righteousness? How much do you really know about this thing called “interpersonal skills”? Read on to find out...
Jonas Ezeanya is an executive speech coach and presentation expert based in Lagos, Nigeria. Connect with him on LinkedIn.