Public Speaking Advice for All Those Who Wish to Become World Class Orators


  • Author Tom Woods
  • Published September 30, 2014
  • Word count 592

It is a fact that some folks are blessed naturally to deliver a beautifully poised public speech. However, this does not mean that others cannot give such speeches they just have a fear of public speaking. What they require is study and practice to become good public speakers. However, while doing so, there are some things to remember as a public speaking advice.


• Keep Your Target Audience in Mind. This is an important public speaking technique you must know your target audience and write the speech accordingly. Do this by researching about your audience. This will also help you to predict the probable questions that they might ask.

• Master Some Proven Styles and Techniques: It is wise to focus on a distinct approach and style so that the audience can find something interesting in you. For this, you can learn some breathing techniques to overcome fear or anxiety as well as some speaking techniques such as improving your accent and having well timed pauses. It is also important to focus on gaining a good first impression. For this, ensure you concentrate on your energy but also be authentic, as audiences admire authenticity regardless of the subject of discussion and type of people listening to you.

• Practice Routinely: It is effective to practice the most essential parts of the presentation and answers to questions that you feel are bound to be asked. However, do not over practice are you run the risk of appearing almost robotic-like!

• Interact with the Audience: Talk more about things that interests or excites the audience along with you, even though it might seem to be boring. The logic behind this is that it is impossible to trigger boredom if the speaker makes the speech very interestingly and makes a connection with the audience. In addition, do ask simple, objective questions and wait for a reply from them. In the event the audience only ask a few questions, it is better to ask them questions as well. Further, if a question asked to you and you don’t know the answer do feel back to acknowledge this and let them know, "I'll get back to you on that."

• Accept Feedback Positively: Learn to accept feedback and take criticism positively. However, do not accept feedback blindly if it isn’t helpful discard it.


• Avoid Self-discouraging Thinking or Behavior Patterns: First, avoid making the goal of being perfect, as no one is perfect, not even the top orators. Second, avoid comparing yourself with other speakers, as each one of us has different approaches and physical characteristics. Third, avoid freaking out or apologizing copiously, in case you make a mistake. Rather, just organize yourself and proceed where you left off. Fourth, do not get under any kind of stress or distraction while practicing the speech.

• Avoid Too Much Humor or Great Talks: Avoid using humor as a big support because it might distract your audience from the real message although they might be happy with the number of laughs you give them. Similar is the case with ‘great talk’. Such a talk is usually unconstructive and do not contribute significantly to make you a better orator.

• Avoid Personal Feelings: Never take any feedback personally. Similarly, do not apply it immediately, as a few folks simply act negatively without any practical support or reason. Moreover, each one of us differs in terms of perspective and opinion. In the same way, never reveal your personal stories when the topic targets diverse population in terms of age, gender, and other demographic factors.

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