Public Speaking Tips: How To Captivate Your Audience!

Posted in   Market, Team   on  February 28, 2023 by  David Loke0

Public speaking is all about performance, whether this is on an auditorium stage, in a small room, or in a huge arena.  Holding the attention of your audience throughout your presentation or speech is an area well documented in any public speaking course. Once you’ve learned how to prepare your notes, conquered your fear of public speaking, and brushed up on your presentation skills, tips on great ways to captivate your audience are the all-important next step!

  • Opening Lines

Instantly gain your audience’s interest by using an attention-grabbing opener.  The nature of this obviously depends on the type of public speaking event you’re attending, so do consider whether using a joke is appropriate!  Starting with a question or a controversial opening statement will often have a dramatic effect.

  • Acknowledge your Audience

Let your audience know that you care about the fact that they gave up their precious time to listen to your speech. Many speakers try to block out the people present in the room, sometimes to try to help control their fear of public speaking or because they want to concentrate on their notes.  You have to remember that your audience is the reason you’re there in the first place!  You’ll win over your listeners a whole lot quicker if you acknowledge their presence, and interact with them by asking or answering questions; even just making eye contact with a few people can make a big difference in your public speaking performance.

  • Using Notes and Visual Aids

Most people prefer to have some notes handy for public speaking events, and you may prefer to use slides, Powerpoint, or other visual aids.  These can be very useful, but be careful not to focus on them too much or you may be in danger of losing the connection with your audience. 

  • Personality and Expression

Don’t be afraid to let your personality come across at a public speaking event.  Unless you think you have potential as an Oscar winner, your audience will see right through any attempt at amateur acting.  Be yourself; you’ll gain a lot more respect from the people you’re addressing.  Although public speaking is a performance to some extent, it’s your personality and your material that will make it interesting.

  • Working the Room

While it’s not a good idea to fidget or nervously fiddle with your notes, moving around the room can really help you to connect with your audience.  By simply walking forward to the front of the stage or towards the nearest row of people to emphasize an important point, you can certainly make a powerful impact in public speaking.

  • Leaving a Lasting Impression

Finish off your speech with a “wow factor”.  Public speaking is not only about getting your point across, the impact you make depends on people remembering you and the important or entertaining content of your speech.  Leave a lasting impression on your audience by closing with an interesting or unusual fact, a final question for them to ponder over, or a funny comment if the situation allows!

About the Author David Loke

David Loke is the co-founder and CEO of ReadySpace, a Cloud Service Provider in the APAC region. In 2003, he started ReadySpace with the vision to provide customers with reliable, secure, affordable and simple online apps. It then evolved into what we call Cloud today. Being through a decade of running ReadySpace, it has now grown into a regional business serving business owners and its managers across various industries to their success.
Right now, he is taking his wealth of experience to help over 700 business owners as mentor and coach with an ultimate goal to multiply wealth creation.

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