Public speaking – for many the word conjures up a vision of shaking knees and that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach; for other less affected by stage fright, it’s just something they want to get over as soon as possible. Almost no one (apart from politicians or performers) actually welcomes the chance to get up on the stage!
But we all known that it can add immense value to our careers – imagine if you are the only person in your team who isn’t stage shy? You could easily stand out and become visible to senior management! If you could impress people in conferences and events – you would be able to unlock a whole new dimension in your career. There is no doubt that leaders and successful professionals owe some part of their success to public speaking.
Now, if you are remembering your last public speaking disaster and thinking this is something that is beyond your abilities, then stop right now! A well-structured public speaking course can turn even the most stage-fright-afflicted person into a decent speaker.
It might sound like magic, but actually, most public speaking courses (at least the effective ones) are based on behavioural science and practice. Here’s a closer look at what they teach –
A good public speaking course will always start with a module on self-awareness and evaluating your problems (this is a mark of a nicely structured programme, so check this while selecting your course).
The first step to improving your natural abilities is to understand where you stand now; what are your weak spots and where you need to improve. A self-awareness module helps you dig deep into yourself and discover where your public speaking anxieties stem from.
2. Content creation
Your content – what it contains and how it is structured – is very important for the success of your speech. A well-structured course will spend a substantial amount of time teaching you how to structure your content so that it is logical, clear and engaging. It will also show you how to handle impromptu speeches and include humour and storytelling elements.
3. Connecting with your Audience
Public speaking is two-way communication, and it is vital to understand your audience to make your speech memorable. But how do you build rapport with hundreds of people seated across the stage? A public speaking course will teach you how to conduct an audience analysis and give you tips to engage with your audience.
4. Presentation techniques
This is usually the final part of a public speaking course – learning how to present or speak effectively and with confidence! This consists of 3 Ps – Preparation, Practice and Performance.
You will learn how to project a positive and confident demeanour, voice modulation, relaxation exercises, pause technique, handling interruptions and much much more.
You will also be encouraged to practice with the instructors who can give you targeted feedback.
For most of us who haven’t attended a public speaking course, it might seem that it would mostly involve body language and speaking practice, but the teaching techniques have evolved way beyond these basic elements. With new research and behavioural trends, courses are concentrating on solving your deep-rooted confidence problems rather than giving you simple, quick fix tips to help you on stage.
If you feel that a public speaking course could help you professionally, then we recommend you start right. Why flounder about making costly mistakes when you can learn proven techniques from professionals!
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