10 Amazing Tips for Your First Public Speaking Experience ...

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My tips for public speaking come from a lifelong experience with a fear on the entire topic until my early twenties. As a child I was terrified of crowds, especially talking in front of others. I couldn’t even manage to raise my hand in class and answer a question, much less get up in front of hundreds of people and deliver a speech. Lucky for me, my love for public speaking actually found me when I received a wonderful job offer with United Way, working for a children’s shelter, where I was to deliver speeches for my job, promoting child abuse awareness based on my past experience with the issue as a child. Luckily, by this point in my life, I was already very comfortable speaking in front of others after participating in pageants as a teen. Before pageants, I was very awkward and uncomfortable in front of others, but after doing several, I found speaking in front of other people quite easy with a few tips I learned through public speaking training. This prepared me for the job I would hold with United Way, and though I am no longer delivering speeches as my current job, public speaking is something I truly enjoy. If you’re terrified of speaking in front of others, there are 10 key pointers I learned along the way that I feel would benefit anyone. Read on to find on what my top tips are and be sure to share your ideas with me if you have any too.

1. Know Your Material

Whether you’re delivering your first speech or your tenth speech, one of the most important tips for public speaking is to know your material. What you will be speaking about should be as familiar to you as your favorite song, meal or outfit. Pick a topic you are interested in, or research the topic you will be speaking about religiously until you know it like the back of your hand. Knowing more about your topic will keep you at ease, increase your intelligence and give you confidence to freely speak about a matter you’re familiar with. Feel free to use humor, personal stories and conversational language to deliver your material as well. This way, you won’t sound like a prerecorded audiotape, but more like yourself.

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