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How to approach enhancing one’s public speaking skills

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General guide on how to approach enhancing one’s public speaking skills

Coming back to public speaking, what does this all mean for you, your presentation, speech, workshop, performance, session?

Tracks can vary:

Some things are easier to learn than others, some take longer. It usually is recommendable to start with something which does not appear impossible to learn. Taking a step-by-step, session-by-session approach is more promising and also more realistic than aiming at becoming a master overnight. Taken the imagery of a hike: Which track suits you and your skills?

Different motivations to go on a hike:

  • Some are keen on conquering the peak: Some cannot wait to improve in giving good speeches, presentations, workshops;etc.
  • Some are expected to go on a hike: Here we refer to those who have to speak publicly as their position requires it. Well, there is no way around it, looking for support on this website may help you to speak in public anyway.
  • Others enjoy being on a hike: They enjoy the process of learning how to speak in public and are simply keen on finding out more.

Maps help with orientation:

The same is the case for this website: What does a good public speaker need? What is actually there? What do I need? How do I get there? These questions are meant to be answered.

All the aspects you have to consider when you go for a hike to ensure that you safely get to the destination you want to reach:

Public speaking is a broad field with lots of surprises waiting for you. It is recommendable to prepare for handling such challenges rather than losing sight of your aim when being challenged by them.

  • Weather/turbulences: There can be problems with technology. The audience could be lacking interest. Or your nerves take over.
  • Luggage varies depending on the trip, on the weather forecast, on one’s personal needs:
  • Water supplies: What do you need to survive a presentation?
  • Clothes: What will the setting look like? What is the dress code? Which style is expected from you? – Serious? Entertaining? How do you feel comfortable?
  • Tools: Which technology will you use? Which presentation techniques will you use? Will you provide the audience with hand outs or other material?

Preparatory training:

  • Rhetorical and strategic techniques that have proven to be helpful can be practised in advance.
  • Others may have more experience, and they definitely see everything from a different perspective:
    It usually helps to have people listening to us, they can give feedback, make suggestions, help us making choices, confront us with the situation, can highlight how much we have progressed.
  • Experienced mountaineers usually do not go on a tour alone. If they do, they tell someone in advance where they are going and for how long they plan to be away:
    How can others help and support us?
  • What do you need – training, material, experience, motivation, support – to climb the highest mountain, to go on the longest hike you have been on so far?
    Which details does one need to consider to actually get the message across and to “survive” a presentation?

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