As much as you don’t enjoy public speaking, you realize that you might not have a choice in the matter.
And with that, you try to piece together some semblance of a public speech, whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, and realize quite quickly just how far off you are from being salvageable when you speak.
But have no fear or fret that very point, because you can fine tune your public speaking ability by avoiding common mistakes and pinpointing exactly how you can make a few minor changes in order to make you passable and eventually perfect when you’re about to speak.
For instance, the single biggest mistake that most speakers make is a failure to know exactly who they’re talking to with any given speech. Public speaking isn’t just about note taking and being good with words; you have to keep your audience and demographics in mind.
Let’s say for instance you have a very important meeting with a potential client, and you aren’t sure exactly how to address them specifically. You have to remember that this customer in waiting might not be interested in technical jargon and would rather have a speech tailored to how you and your company are going help them achieve success. On the flip side, your speech would sound a lot different if you’re pitching to your manager or colleagues about that aforementioned client.
And if you not knowing your audience is mistake number one, the close second would be to have too much confidence to the point that you’re not interested in fine tuning in the form of practice. While the phrase “practice makes perfect” sounds a little bit over the top and more inclined for sports teams or school students, you can’t overlook that even the best public speakers are adept at practicing the speech, making sure they note the finer points and truly look in the mirror and know exactly what they want to say but how to stress certain points that are equally important to the point of the speaking arrangement.
Those who believe public speaking is hard aren’t lying. Getting up in front of a group isn’t easy and does take a lot of gumption and know how, but you can make that leap of faith even more fun and rewarding by planning for success by making the process a lot simpler by practicing and not talking over the heads of your intended audience.