How To Deliver A Speech That Gives You Credibility

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Being a politician or celebrity is not easy when you take into account all of the work that goes into these types of careers. One of the biggest challenges these celebrities face is having to get up on stage and deliver a speech in front of many people where they can be easily ridiculed when things go wrong. When one is constantly in the public eye, judgment and ridicule will always come with this type of powerful position.

Take for example Oprah Winfrey who recently gave a speech on the topic of “Living a well-balanced life” and then fell over on stage because of her shoes. While some were quick to forgive her, others judged her for not having a good stage presence because she fell while speaking.

Another example would be Mark Zuckerberg who has been known for profusely sweating while on stage giving a speech. Since Mr. Zuckerberg has been speaking in public quite often for many mishaps that have been going on at Facebook, it has become quite obvious that he has not done a good job of handling the pressure that comes with being a public figure.

When you get up on stage its important to remember that everything you do and say on stage is being judged. Whether you think this is right or wrong does not matter because you cannot control what people think. The bottom line is that if you want to be a public figure and establish more credibility, you are going to need to learn how to deliver a great speech that makes a powerful impact.

Here are some suggestions should you decide to become a public figure:

When you are introduced and approach your podium-or wherever you’re speaking-walk relatively slowly, keep your chin up, look at the crowd and anyone on stage, and smile. Upon reaching the podium, thank the audience (if they were clapping) and look down at your notes for a few seconds to orient yourself.

According to Emily Johnson, a writer for the website Keynote Speaker, she recommends that you never try and memorize your entire speech as this can be quite difficult and make you more nervous. You should only remember key points and then speak naturally from them.

Speak very clearly and slightly louder than normal during the first section of your speech. “You have to quickly develop an interest in your audience for what you are speaking about, and the key to doing this is emotion,” says Ben David, a writer for the website Motivational Speaker. “Feel what you are saying, or at least give the impression that you care.”

The main body of your speech needs to be clear and structured, but not at the cost of sentiment. Make an effort to maintain inflection and emotion, but lower your voice slightly from the intro. Use a fluid tone to lead the audience through your points and examples.

When you are near the end of your speech, lower your voice slightly. As you finish, steadily raise the volume of your voice, and end the speech with a sharp, slow, and passionate (if you can pull that off) sentence. Say thank you and slowly leave the podium. You’re done. Phew.
Stand up straight most of the time during your speech. Only with smaller audiences should you lean forward. Your posture is essential if you want to be seen as being confident.

Always keep your weight evenly distributed on each leg. Instead of assuming a lopsided posture, feel free to slightly change the direction your body is facing every now and then. Also, don’t lock the knees.

Use hand gestures to emphasize key points. Practice a few beforehand, so you can use them with confidence. Make sure not to block your face, and always remember: it doesn’t look as awkward as it feels.

If you don’t have a podium, move around the stage slightly and keep your blood flowing. The worst thing you can do is come off looking stiff as people do not like this.

Think about how you are helping or informing your audience. If they didn’t want to hear you speak, they wouldn’t be there . . . hopefully.

Practice in front of friends or family before going in front of the big crowd. All professional speakers practice regularly so that it becomes second nature to them

Contrary to how it may feel, you do still have control of your faculties while giving a speech. Use them: fix whatever problems you detect, and move on. Don’t let one mistake get you down or stop you from finishing.

Final Thoughts

Being a public figure and giving presentations takes a great deal of courage and practice. As long as you are willing to make the effort and commit yourself to the craft, you will see great results. Nothing gives you more credibility than being on stage which is why so many business leaders speak at conferences and events.