Effective public speaking really requires a charm. It’s a difficult thing to achieve, but it is not impossible. Some people are naturally good at it, on the other hand, some others have to make extra efforts to be able to speak impressively and eloquently. Fortunately, public speaking is a skill. Just like cooking, or learning a sport, it can be developed and honed. A countless number of excellent orators in history have had a few things in common, and here’s listing 5 common mistakes that powerful speakers avoid-
- Grandeur- Contrary to writing, speaking is an art that wins hearts through the magic of simplicity. The main purpose of speaking is to communicate information without errors. A good speech consists of small sentences with an appropriate use of common vocabulary so that the audience can understand and appreciate. Your speech is a hit if your audience imitates you after you are done.
- Judgement- Good orators rarely worry about the audience they are supposed to speak to. The only thing they concern themselves with is winning over the hearts of all the listeners. It does not matter to them who they are or where they come from. They want to impress everyone in the audience without any bias, while also knowing that sometimes what some people like could be something some others might not. Hence, they know it is their work they need to focus on, and not its reception.
- Thinking About Failure- Fear of failure is not only inevitable, but absolutely natural because you care about the impression you leave behind. While this may set off your nerves, avoid the thought of failure during preparation. Instead of worrying about it, make a note of all the worst things you fear would happen, and eventually you can figure out a way to fix all of them. Imagining the worst is not so bad after all!
- Vagueness- A part of effective public speaking depends on the authenticity and preciseness. A speaker who knows what he/ she is speaking will be more confident and surer of delivering a fluent speech than someone who is not convinced with their content. One of the keys to confidence lies in knowing that you are right, because that awareness builds self- conviction, which leads to unlocking creative ways of dealing with spontaneous challenges.
- Zoning Out- An intense speaker may seem like they have lost all connect with the world around them, but the truth is they are the most sensitive and vulnerable people in their surroundings. They are quick to think, react and respond. They keep their mind on their toes and are always attentive.
Public speaking is more than just delivering sentences. It is a complex process of constantly adjusting and readjusting to the environment around and liking the excitement that that awareness kindles in them.