Over the last two sessions, we’ve been discussing how to become a better public speaker. We’ve identified the root of the fear of public speaking, and given you two tips to make connecting with your audience more effective. In today’s session, we’ll continue the conversation by giving you a few more public speaking tips.
- Focus on one main idea. You should be able to summarize your talk into a short sentence.
- Sharing stories is one of the best ways to improve your communication. Be personal and authentic, but don’t exaggerate your own experiences. A great story can really drive home your message.
- Don’t give a cookie cutter speech. Be creative!
Today, think through what experiences you have had that you could share about with others. What experiences have impacted your life and your leadership. Now, let’s get practical:
- Brainstorm your stories, and then write them down.
- File them away, and create a “tag” system based on topic, so you can organize them and quickly find them later.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how preparing your stories in advance, and keeping them easily accessible will help you in your pursuit to become better at communicating publicly.