Many people struggle with speaking in public. However, you can overcome your fear of public speaking and go on to be quite successful at it. If you are looking for ways to become a better public speaker and want to help motivate and inspire others, here are a few tips that can help you when you are on the stage.
Stop moving everywhere.
One of the main things people tend to do when they are nervous is to move all over the stage. Whether it be because they don't realize they are doing it or simply because they think it makes them appear more authoritative, moving around the stage a lot can drive your audience crazy. They don't want to have to try to follow you everywhere and feel like their heads are on a swivel stick. Stay put. Only move a couple steps when you are trying to prove a point. Let your legs be your anchors. Your arms should be the only thing really moving around.
Maintain eye contact.
Nervous individuals often tend to look away from their audience. Many end up staring down at their notes and never look up at their audience even once. This is a coping mechanism to try and get through the whole ordeal and more on. You can have a valid speech and salient points, but if you never look up at your audience, you can end up turning people away. Relating to your audience is crucial as a public speaker. If you are going to connect with an audience, you have to be willing to look at everyone and talk to them. Separate the audience into mental sections. Then, find a focal point in each section and talk to that person.
Project your voice outward.
Even though you might think you are speaking loudly enough, speak up even more. You need to project your voice as much as possible. Talk loudly, even when you are practicing your speeches at home. Work on speaking out and making sure that everyone in the room can hear what you have to say. You don't want people in the back of the room missing out on your message simply because you were afraid to speak up.
By taking the above tips into account, you can work on becoming a better speaker for quite some time. It takes practice to get to where you are comfortable, but you cannot get there if you don't keep trying. Working with a speaking coach can also help you identify what you need to work on to improve as a speaker.