Public speaking ranks as one of our top fears, but being confident in speaking to a group is a valuable skill worth honing. Here are four things you can do to improve your presentation and speech-giving skills.
Ask For Feedback
Feedback is really helpful in making you a better speaker. When you’re practising in front of someone, they may notice all the little things you do that could hinder the impact of your speech. Are you speaking too fast? Are you fidgeting? Do you sound too monotonous? Is your voice clear enough to be heard at the
back of the room? Constructive criticism will help you improve the way you speak.
Join Your Local Toastmasters Club
Toastmasters is an internationally recognised programme designed to improve your leadership, communication and public speaking skills. Each Toastmasters meeting gives you the opportunity to practise talking – even if it’s only for a few minutes – in front of a group of people in a supportive environment.
The Toastmasters programme is made up of a series of speech projects, designed to improve your public speaking ability and increase your confidence.