The Greatest Public Speaking Secret

Success gurus will tell you there are no magic formulas for success. However, some professions seem to have "insider secrets" that are privy only to the masters.

Public speaking is one of those professions and taking on the challenge of becoming a truly great public speaker is not an easy task.  But, what if I told you the one insider secret that could make the difference between being a good speaker or a great speaker, would you use it?

There is one secret that makes speakers really shine. 

But it isn't a magic spell or a pill that you can take and an hour later, presto, you are ready to stand up and dazzle the crowd.  It is a very simple process that is something you already know a lot about.  It is just simple, old fashioned hard work and preparation.

The sooner you start preparing for your presentation, the better you will be. 

You know that feeling of terror that overcomes you just before you stand to address your audience?  Well, you may not be able to pinpoint where that feeling comes from because who can't think when you're terrified.  

But many times that terror happens because you aren't completely prepared.  You're not sure what to do or how it will go because your material is not as well developed as it should be.

It will make all the difference in the world, if you put time, energy and work into your presentation. 

Start by making sure the content meets your standards.  You should make your speech compelling and fascinating.  And if, your presentation is full of great material that fascinates you; you will be eager to share what you know with your audience.  This eagerness to speak is a very refreshing feeling; it replaces the terror you felt when you did not prepare ahead of time to make sure your material was well developed.

Your audience will notice an enormous change in your attitude also. 

Enthusiasm is contagious and if you get up in front of your audience bubbling with anticipation because what you have to share is just that cool, they will be eager to hear it. 

It's like when someone says to you, "Hey, want to know a secret?"  You are dying to hear that secret.  That is the attitude you will see in your audience when you get on stage not only well prepared but excited too.

The more details of your presentation that you can put in your mind, the more confident you will be in front of your audience.  And if, you know your presentation forwards and backwards, when you begin to speak, you will be able to make eye contat with your audience and create an empowering bond with them. 

This is a terrific skill to develop and a huge benefit when speaking to an audience because you have your material down pat and you always know your destination throughout your talk.

It will take some work to get to that level of confidence in your material. 

Rehearsals of your presentation help a lot.  Prepare a dynamic opener that puts the problem statement into the minds of the crowd and then proceed to solve that problem. Also know the navigation plan of your presentation and plan the transitions from point to point.  That will help you not get stuck in one part of the talk and not have awkward transitions which will make you and then your crowd nervous.

Finally, plan how you will conclude. 

There is a conclusion you want your audience to reach.  Make sure you know your critical points and which parts of your talk are there for illustration or just there to fill time.  In that way, you know where to cut if time runs short and you will still get to your point and close strong. 

If your talk has good content, enthusiasm, good points to lead up to solving the problem and closes strong, not only will you feel great about it, your audience will applaud the job you did. 

And won't that be a nice way to end a presentation?