5 things to remember to be an effective speaker
When you give a speech, you want your words to have the maximum impact on your audience. Notes can play a useful role in any speech you give. Most public speaking professionals agree that you should use your notes during your public speaking event. The question is how to use them wisely and effectively for your event to be successful.
Here are five ways to use your notes to rock your next public speaking engagement.
- Consider your notes a visual aid.
Think of your notes as a form of visual aid for you, not for your audience. Your notes should represent an outline of your key points, preferably but not necessarily in bullet form.
- Make sure you can read your notes.
Be sure that you can easily read the words on the page or note card. Check that the font size and background are easy to read in whatever light your event may have. If there is a spotlight, for instance, make sure there isn’t a glare.
- Don’t make a secret out of it.
Don’t try to be discreet about using your notes. It’s OK to support your speech with key points. Make it look natural and do it with confidence.
- Consider your notes your backup.
Your notes not only guide you through your speech, they act as your backup. Sometimes people get unexpectedly nervous while speaking in public. Your notes will get your train of thought back on track if things get out of control or take an unexpected turn.
- Maintain eye contact.
Make sure you look up from your notes frequently to maintain eye contact with your audience. You want to connect with your audience emotionally and answer their questions.
Using notes during your speaking engagement is a great way to help deliver your message to your audience successfully, improve the quality of your speech, cut down on stress during your presentation and ensure that you cover all key points. Axia Public Relations offers an informative webinar called Media and Spokesperson Training that provides great tips for speaking to an audience. Contact Axia if you’re interested in more comprehensive training sessions.
Yulia Dianova is a public relations professional who is skilled in building relationships with target audiences. She provides counsel to organizations that seek PR help to further their growth and reach their goals. Yulia earned a master’s degree in public relations management from University of Maryland University College. She is fluent in Russian and English and is always looking for a new challenge. Yulia has worked for Axia Public Relations since July 2015. Learn more about Yulia Dianova. Connect with Axia on Twitter @axiapr or tell us what you think in the comments below.
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