Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. It is closely allied to “presenting”, although the latter has more of a commercial advertisement connotation.
The objectives of a public speaker’s presentation can range from simply transmitting information, to motivating people to act, to simply telling a story. Professional public speakers often engage in ongoing training and education to refine their craft. This may include seeking guidance to improve their speaking skills—such as learning better storytelling techniques, for example, or learning how to effectively use humor as a communication tool—as well as continuous research in their topic area of focus.
Public speaking and oration are sometimes considered some of the most importantly valued skills that an individual can possess. This skill can be used for almost anything. Most great speakers have a natural ability to display the skills and effectiveness that can help to engage and move an audience for whatever purpose. Language and rhetoric use are among two of the most important aspects of public speaking and interpersonal communication. Having knowledge and understanding of the use and purpose of communication can help to make a more effective speaker communicate their message in an effectual way.
‘The soul of delivery is in the manful assertion of the orator’s personality, in the revelation of the high purpose by which he is actuated, in the profound conviction of the truth of his course, in the firm resolve to establish it, in the dauntless spirit that faces all obstacles, and, conquering them, sweeps onward to the desired goal.
In the end, the skies are not going to fall if you make some mistakes. There’s a reason why you are standing there delivering a speech and the rest are sitting in the darkness, with the spot line on you. It’s the brave one who ventures out and bears the brunt of the elements and myriad circumstances.
Don’t prepare your speech half-heartedly. The more you know, the more you’ll feel confident. If you have to deliver 5 points about a topic, prepare 10 points. This way there will be no danger of forgetting something. The key to speaking well in public is known more than your audience.
You can speak well in public if you can really empathize with the audience and shunning the thought that they are there only to humiliate you at the drop of a hat.