Hello and welcome to
The Traveling Introvert want to talk about public Speaking speaking
skills, presentation skills. So many times I hear people who are introverts say
that they don't like public speaking speaking because they're introverts. And
it's really interesting to hear that because then it kind of perpetuates the
myth that introverts can't do public speaking, which is not the case. What
tends to be the case is that there are some levels of anxiety, of fear, of
nervousness around public speaking and possibly just not even knowing the right
tools that you might need to channel your anxiety or how to calm down or just
being confident in what you're saying that makes you think that it's because of
your introversion. But as we all know, introversion is about how you channel
and use your energy, right?
So I want to talk about ways to channel your anxiety, if you
do have that, and how to improve your public speaking skills. Now, there is no
public speaker in the world that hasn't felt nervous, some butterflies before
going out on stage because it is something that can be electrifying and
lifechanging. And you're telling people who want to listen to you about
whatever it is that you're speaking about. You are commanding that attention.
So it is only natural that you feel maybe a little nervous and some butterflies
in your stomach and that is fine.
Now, first of all, there's so much inspiration. If you need
some inspiration when you're thinking about public speaking and the type of
public speaker that you would like to be, or even just presentations or talks,
look for recorded videos like Ted Talks or that sort of thing, giving speeches
about maybe a similar topic as you. What have they used for props or visuals?
How have they arranged things? How have they even crafted their speech?
What has worked and what hasn't? And then another thing is
when preparing for a presentation or a speech, consider the wants and needs of
your audience. What problem is it that they need solving? How can you help
solve it for them? And what do they really want to hear from you?
And last but not least, actually it should be first is what
is the goal of your presentation? Why are you doing this in the first place? Is
it to make a sales pitch? Make sure that people are informed about X, Y and Z?
To let people know about a service that is available or an event like why are
you doing that?
And that will help channel some of the things that you want
to talk about. Use your body language to advantage facial expressions, gesture
and good posture all help make an impact when telling your story. Look people
in the eye, smile, walk around if possible, to give more passion and more
credence to what you are saying. The best speakers present themselves as being
friendly, confident, enthusiastic and energetic. Wow.
Well, that is the first of the podcast and I am not going to
edit it out. Practise breathing from your diaphragm instead of from your chest.
When we are anxious or nervous, we tend to do a lot of shallow breathing, and
it makes it really hard for us to get deep breaths and to be able to slow
ourselves down. So just think about breathing from your diaphragm. It really
helps if you're standing up instead of your chest to better control your voice,
the tone of your voice, the pitch and the volume.
Because what some people find is when they are nervous or
anxious, their pitch and their tone changes in their voice, which makes it more
difficult for people to understand, which helps them feel more nervous, and
then they get faster and all of those things. So stop thinking about those and
remember, take a good outline. You don't have to fully write out your speech.
And if you have slides, please, please do not read from the slides. Have some
bullet points and talk around it.
It's going to make you sound more natural because you're not
reading word for word. Engage your audience, ask questions and encourage
participation. That way they're more likely to remember what you're talking
about and not just be like, staring at the PowerPoint presentation that you
have in front of them. People love hearing stories. Stories help bring the
message home for them.
So if you can tell a good story that's related to your
speech topic, please do so. And practise. Practise again and practise some
more. Thank you for listening. This is Janice at The Career Introvert, helping
you build your brand and get hired.
Have a great rest of your week.