Public Speaking Tips - The Importance Of Audience Contact

By Zachary Justice

A really good monologue of sorts is public speaking but when it comes to this monologue, it's addressed to receptive, able, and ready audience who wants to learn from just as you would want to learn from them.

If it is listened to, then speaking in public would be more effective. To maintain that necessary contact with the audience, here are some effective tips to consider.

Don't forget to greet them

A few minutes prior to your actual speaking engagement, try walking around the venue and familiarize yourself with the people who will be listening to you. Give the people and the attendees a warm greeting as they arrive. Rather than trying to deliver a speech to a bunch of anonymous faces, it would be so much easier to deliver it to a group of people whom you consider as friends.

Stay positive

Honestly, people expect and want you to succeed. When it comes to the audience, they want to be as informed, entertained, and stimulated as they could be. If you fail, they cringe with you. Your audience will benefit just as well from your great performance if you succeed.

Don't apologize, there's nothing to be sorry for

If you mention to the audience that you are nervous or if you express your apologies to any problems you think may exist about your speech or your speech delivery, you may be setting them up to focus on that thing you are apologizing for. There is a very good chance they haven't noticed this until you brought it up so you don't have to mention this to them. Remain silent and relax. If you relax, your audience will relax as well.

You need to establish eye contact

Appear natural and connect with your audience. If you can as natural as you can be is without overdoing with then it's even better. What you should be able to do is make sure the audience acknowledges what you are trying to convey by getting them to nod their heads. Do not breeze through your speech. During those points you want to emphasize, you need to pause for a while or for a brief moment. This is also a good time to establish eye contact with your attendees as well as to catch that much needed breath.

Avoid debating

If during the question and answer part of your speaking engagement an audience expresses disagreement with any part of your message, you need not aggressively prove your point to him or her. A futile means to get your point across is a debate but besides that, it could just as well never be resolved. Get that attendee to talk with you after your speaking engagement, never during.

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