7 Signs of a Confident and Effective Public Speaker ...


A little over 6 months from now, I will be giving a speech in front of a couple thousand of people so in order to prepare, I thought it would only be appropriate to research the qualities of an effective public speaker.

Public speaking is a difficult skill to grasp;

after all, not all of us are comfortable in front of a crowd.2

It can be a little bit nerve-wracking and stressful.

However, there is nothing you wonโ€™t be able to grasp if you donโ€™t try, so letโ€™s take a look at 7 signs of a confident and effective public speaker.2

1. You Make Eye Contact

Iโ€™ve sat through a number of presentations during which the speaker never lifted his or her head to actually look at their crowd and connect.

After all, as an effective public speaker, you want to get your message across and make sure that whatever is coming out of your mouth stays with your audience.

Making eye contact gives the presentation more of a conversational vibe, therefore captivating the audience.

2. You Use Body Language

Giving a speech should be all about conversing with the audience and one of the ways to make a formal presentation more conversational is by using body language.

Effective public speakers are not afraid to move around and use their hands to help them relay an idea.

The little details such as body language really make a difference.

3. Your Speech is Not Just a Recital

There is nothing worse than having to listen to an hour presentation during which the speaker just plainly recites what he or she has memorized in a monotone manner.

I remember my social science teacher once said that the trick to make your presentation a little bit more interesting is to change the intonation of your voice throughout your presentation.

That way you wonโ€™t just capture the audience but you'll also put a little of feeling into what you are saying.

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