Introduction to Public Speaking
Can you think of any memorable talks or presentations you have attended? It is sad to know that most presentations are easy to forget, especially when the main reason for the presentation was to communicate something to you.
But if you remember these four basic things, then rest assured that your verbal messages will be understood and remembered for a long time. Although these things may sound somewhat obvious and misleadingly simple, they are of immense importance.
1. You must understand the purpose of your presentation.
2. Don't confuse things; keep your message clear and accurate.
3. Be prepared to face the audience and their questions.
4. Don't be monotonous; instead, be vivid in your speech.
Always be clear about what you want to accomplish. It is very essential that you know and understand, before you start working on your presentation or speech, what you want to say, who you want to address as an audience and why it is important to be heard. Ask yourself basic questions such as who you want to talk to, what their interests are, their beliefs and principles, what they have in common with others and how they differ.
What is the message you want to convey to your audience? You can answer this question by asking yourself about the "criteria for success". How will you know if and when your message has been successfully communicated?