The fastest way to improve your public speaking skills is to follow this easy four step formula.
- Learn “one” public speaking technique
- Implement the technique in front of a live audience
- Get feedback on the effectiveness of the technique
- Repeat the process with a new technique
Keep repeating the formula with each new technique you learn. And before you know it, you will become a master communicator in front of any size group.
One: Learn “one” public speaking technique
The most important part of this step is to focus on only “one” public speaking technique at a time. There are hundreds of public speaking techniques to learn. If you chose to learn too many of them at once, then the process could get overwhelming and lead you not to learn anything. You want to simplify your learning by focusing on one technique at a time. Master the technique and then move on to the next one.
Here are three good sources of public speaking skills techniques
Reading: Yes, you have to read, read and then read some more. Read everything you can get your hands on, especially when the topic is public speaking skills.
Watching Videos: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million words. You will get so much just by watching videos of great presenters.
Watch videos of good speakers and take notes on their delivery techniques. If you can copy a technique or two from them in your next presentation, then you’ve succeeded.
Here is a good source of good speaker’s videos:
TED: “TED” stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design” and it is an annual conference with the core message of “ideas worth spreading”.
Take Trainings: Invest in Public speaking trainings and public speaking courses. Sometimes that’s the best way to get a lot of techniques, practice them in front of a live audience and get immediate feedback on your delivery. Just make sure that the trainings you attend are hands on and you get a chance to implement all you’ve learned right then and there and get feedback on it.
Two: Implement the technique in front of a live audience
This is the most important step. If you don’t get in front of an audience and practice the new technique you’ve just learned, then you’ve learned nothing. Sign up for a public training, public speaking class or a safe public speaking group to practice your techniques and put them into use right away.
Here are two groups you can join today to implement your techniques:
Three: Get feedback on the effectiveness of the technique
You never know if a technique works unless you get feedback on it. Below is a list of four ways to get feedback on the effectiveness of your newly acquired technique:
- Video tape yourself and review the presentation later
- Ask your audience for feedback at the end of your presentation
- Get a public speaking coach to give you relevant feedback
- Take a training that uses video feedback and coaching
Four: Repeat the process with a new technique
A skill is composed of many techniques used together. The more techniques you know, the better your public speaking skills will become. So, keep adding new techniques to your arsenal and keep going through the process. Make sure that you are trying a new technique every single time you speak.