The first step for you to succeed as a professional speaker is to watch other speakers and practice on your own. There are innumerable videos of amazing speakers that are available online, which you should watch carefully to observe as to how speakers have used the pitch of their voice and pause to tremendous effect.
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Have you ever listened to a professional speaker? If yes, then chances are that you might have equated
the speaker’s felicity of articulation with some kind of an inborn talent. However, such an impression is
far from reality, for every inborn talent is required to be polished on the touchstone of perseverance
and hard work. What you might have witnessed about a speaker’s ability to hold the attention of tens or
even hundreds of people to every word uttered, is the result of years of practice. A person’s voice is a
powerful tool and human history is replete with examples of individuals who were powerful speakers
galvanizing thousands of people through sheer oratory.
The first step for you to succeed as a professional speaker is to watch other speakers and practice on
your own. There are innumerable videos of amazing speakers that are available online, which you
should watch carefully to observe as to how speakers have used the pitch of their voice and pause to
tremendous effect. Now, try to practice speaking in front of a mirror followed by speaking in front of
small groups of family members and friends to gain confidence, besides soliciting feedback from them.
Public speaking does not come easily to most of the people. In fact, it can be the number one fear that
many dream about. So, continuous practice is the key to become a good speaker.
As a public speaker, you have to keep in mind the audience you are addressing beforehand and prepare
yourself accordingly. If you are speaking at a wedding party or a village fair, then using a lot of jokes and
homilies will liven up your speech and make you a hit among the audience. However, if you are an
impressive corporate keynote speaker,then keep your speech short, precise and succinct. Using a lot of
slides for presentation to drive home your point is also appreciated at such gatherings.
Similarly, inspiring motivational speakershave the amazing ability to connect with their audience in such
a way that words appear to just roll off their tongue without any apparent effort on their part. You have
to realize that behind the easy looking pep talk you might have listened, was days of preparation. The
primary focus for a speaker should be to know his audience, besides gathering extensive knowledge on
the subject he chooses to speak. He or she should prepare thoroughly on what tone to use and where to
pause for the dramatic effect to make a terrific speech.