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Speaking skills are very important for you as a business owner, You are introverted, you already know that. You fear the day you stand in front of an audience, even if the size has only 5 breathing souls and a dog. The thought of it makes you flinch and you want to hide. But if you want to take your business to the next level, you’ll probably have to face a podium once or twice.
That is exactly why we are discussing this topic today. You need to get rid of fear and focus on how to deliver your speech effectively. It may not be perfect as some people expect, but the most important thing is – you can deliver the goods. Yes, you are shy and nervous, but with a few tips, you can even enjoy the conversation yourself and learn some things that you cannot learn from other experiences.
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As a small business owner, you are the ambassador for your brand, and if you want to be successful you need to take one or two podium places in your career. But if you’re introverted and the thought of speaking to a group of people makes you hide, what should you do? In truth, people who are fantastic speakers are not superhuman, they just work hard and know how to emphasize what they are already doing well. You can do that too!
Below are 10 public lectures for introverts that can dramatically change your experience for the better:
1-Preparation is the key of speaking skills
Put your speech together in a way that is logical and comes alive with stories, examples, and props such as pictures. Check out other great, yet assignable speakers for inspiration. You may even want to read the transcripts to see how they wrote your speeches. When everything is done, practice speaking your speech out loud until you can pass it on fluently and comfortably.
2-Emphasize the positive
As a speaker, get in touch with your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t try to change yourself or be something that you are not. Focus on what you do best – whether you have a great sense of humor, are a good storyteller, or know how to break down and explain complex ideas.
3-Invest in your audience
Think about what your audience wants to hear. What problem do you hope to solve? What are your hopes? Give them what they want and need. Your audience must have a reason to listen. In your opening speech, strive to refer to them and focus on not only delivering your message, but also the reasons why you should and should know about it.
4-Get in touch with yourself on stage
No matter how you cut it, speaking publicly is a feat. Even if acting is not a matter of course for you, you should try to get in touch with yourself on stage. In doing so, you may discover a more extroverted part of yourself that you didn’t know was there, and the whole experience may end up feeling liberating and intoxicating instead of being scared.
5-Familiarize yourself with the environment
Check the place where you will speak before the event takes place. It will help you feel more comfortable and safe on the big day. Another suggestion would be to plant a few supportive friends or family members in the audience who can give you one or two encouraging looks as you present. Just keep in mind that you may be so involved in the speech that you may not see it at all! Still, it could be a comfort to have her there.
6-Pay attention to your appearance
Don’t forget to miss an important boost of confidence on the day of your speech: your clothes. Think about how good you feel when you are groomed and strengthened in your favorite outfit. If you look good, you feel good. On the other hand, if causal clothing is allowed, it may make you feel more comfortable and responsive. The audience initially judges you only based on your appearance. Therefore, try to dress in such a way that the desired messages are conveyed.
7-Start with a smile
Research has shown that smiling – even artificially – can make a person feel happier and more comfortable. Put a big smile on your face when you start talking. Many people in the audience will probably smile at you too. So you feel relaxed, confident and connected while speaking.
8-Start with a story
A story is a great way to get your speech going. Not only does it have the potential to spark initial interest, but it can also help put your audience in time, place, and mood. Emotions are the touchstones for language success. So pull on a range of emotions to motivate your audience early. If you conclude your speech with an afterthought of your opening story, you can close the circle and offer your audience a satisfactory conclusion.
9-Let others speak
Keep the communicative topic going and consider asking questions directly to your audience. By asking questions to the crowd, you not only get some active participants, but you can also ease your nerves by sharing the spotlight. If time permits, you should prepare an RPG scenario that can demonstrate one of your points in real-time through audience participation.
Speaking publicly can be a serious waste of energy, especially if you’re introverted. One of the most important tip for introverts in public is to make sure you have time to yourself before and after an event where you can charge and process the experience.
As a conclusion I will leave you with this video from TED about secret to great public speaking by Chris Anderson.