How to Become a Successful Speaker

5 tips for becoming a professional speaker

Most people have difficulties when it comes to speaking in front of any audience. In fact, presentations should keep the audience in suspense and be rememberable.

Therefore, companies have the opportunity to contact speaker agencies and profit from their network of professional speakers. SpeakerHub isn’t a typical speaker agency, but a fast growing community of public lecturers, that functions as a platform where professional and independent speakers as well as trainers are listed and offered. SpeakerHub allows you to easily find the perfect speaker for your individual event.

However, we have some useful tips for you on how to be a good speaker yourself;

1. Be self-confident!

Self-confidence is the essential character trait that a good speaker has to have. A good preparation is seen as the basis of feeling self-confident, because if you’re well prepared, there is no reason to be nervous. A good presenter knows more than what he is actually presenting. It’s important to stay calm and to share this relaxed atmosphere with the audience. As a speaker you should be aware of your strengths and radiate self-confidence to your audience. Be careful – always remain true to yourself, don’t pretend to be someone else and no affectation. Get rid of masquerades as your audience will notice if you’re literally copying someone else’s performance. The audience will basically have the impression that you as the presenter are not feeling comfortable. A good speaker is not affected by this and therefore remains true to himself from the very beginning until the end of the presentation, because acting in a natural way is what makes you likeable.

2. Speak freely!

Presentations are not necessarily boring; it is always about what the speaker makes out of it. You can pimp your speeches by using examples or figurative and positive language. Therefore, great rhetorical skills are essential, present your knowledge and keep the audience in suspense. As a good presenter you should speak freely and not stare too much at the PowerPoint slide or your notes – this may evoke a really unprofessional und unprepared appearance. Simply take some keywords on a small piece of paper or an index card in order to not lose your thread and not forget any important points, which allows you to actively keep eye contact with your audience – this again represents the aspect of self-confidence. In fact, that doesn’t mean that the presentation should be learned by heart and to provide the listeners with long and confusing sentences. Everyone will notice immediately in case that the speaker has learned any well phrased sentences by heart as it just sounds unnatural. Therefore, it is better to simply talk in a free and independent way (as far as that’s possible). However, the only two sentences which can eventually be learned by heart are the first and the last sentence.

3. Show emotions!

Show the audience that the topic you’re talking about means something to you. A good speaker is characterized by the fact that he is affected by the subject he’s presenting and therefore influencing the people around him with his enthusiasm. This eagerness attracts the viewers and the effect of convincing the audience increases further. In this case, body language plays an important role. If the speaker is talking about a topic he’s interested in himself, it can be noticed instantly because of his gesture and tone of voice. Presenters who are not making use of space and who are talking fast and monotonously, will obviously not affect the audience. So don’t play around with your rings or anything else during the presentation and do not put your hands in your trouser pockets, as it makes you look unsure and takes the viewers’ attention away. It’s better to use your hands for a gesture like enumerations or to underline relevant statements. Again, what counts is: naturalness. Don’t use exaggerations or unnatural movements. Just talk as if you were telling a close friend an interesting story. Be fascinated by the subject you’re talking about yourself and share this energy with your audience – this is what makes a good a presenter.

4. Humor

The best tool to get rid of an unrelaxed situation that also makes you as a speaker feel stressed out, is humor. There is nothing worse than listening to a boring and non-catchy presentation. A good presenter often uses humor to guarantee an ice-breaking start, but a fresh joke during the presentation can also be nice and is often used to catch the audience’s attention again. The use of humor is not about turning the presentation into a comedy show, but laughing together connects the audience with the speaker. Additionally, it helps you to deal with your own insecurity. Humor has the ability to create a unit, to make you feel free and to increase the audience’ attention and receptiveness. Short but funny elements in between different parts of the presentation make you appear in a sympathetic and also natural way.

5. Don’t panic in case something goes wrong

Even an excellent preparation can’t protect you from technical issues or blackouts during the presentation. Often there are technical problems in moments where you as a presenter rely on its function. The first rule about unexpected situations is to stay calm. Speakers, who are well prepared are able to continue with their presentation without a laptop, beamer, or other technical devices. In case that the slides are an important part of the speech, the devices which are needed should be checked in advance, in order to avoid any technical problems. A good presenter won’t start getting nervous, as improvisation is the key.

Apart from technical issues there are blackouts which are seen as nightmares of insecure and unexperienced presenters. However, the fact that the audience may react in an understanding way in case that something goes wrong should be considered. Furthermore, they sometimes don’t even recognize the breakdown– as long as you as a good presenter don’t start to panic. Having said that, also failures can be minimized through good preparation and practicing the presentation in advance.

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