Introduction | Message | Audience | Structure | Physical Aspects | Psychological Aspects
What can be found on the website?
The website is divided into different themes, which appeared essential to us. Considering them during the preparation before a public presentation helps you to handle those aspects better when speaking publicly.
As mentioned before the aim of any type of public speaking is to bring a message across. Accordingly it is important to know how the mind of your audience works. You might ask yourself: Were there people you could follow more easily than others? Did some speakers catch your attention immediately, while it was more difficult for other speakers to spark your interest for their presentation? This website focusses on what makes it easiest for our audiences to follow us. In the end a performance should be fitted to the audience’s needs instead of ours!
It is you who delivers the speech, holds the workshop or leads a session. This causes reactions within your body. People often refer to it as stress. Stress can be something positive helping us to deliver top performances. It mobilises additional energy. When we are presenting, however, it often seems to have a rather negative effect on our performance. Trying to find out what causes the stress, the stage fright and preparing yourself in advance can help in reacting less intensely. Our suggestions shall help you in managing your physical and emotional reactions when speaking in public.
How do you think the setting you will be in influences you when you speak in public? This aspect should not be underestimated. Will you behave the same way on a stage as you do when sitting in a circle with your audience? Our posture, the setting, the facilities provided – all these details have an impact on our performance. Considering them beforehand is very important and helpful.
The message is the centrepiece. Subsequently, you should not miss out on making it accessible for your audience. Already before the composition of your speech you should be clear about what you intend to bring across. What is your key message? What does your audience need to be able to understand your core message? What is only background information? What is needed to bring your core message across?
Structuring your session helps you as it is easier to guide through logically connected thoughts than vague ideas. The same is the case for the audience. Furthermore, it rarely happens that a session works out exactly as planned. Structure helps in case you lack time to shorten the presentation without missing out on the most important bit: bringing across your core message. It guides you through the session. Part of the responsibility for your success is handed over to what you have prepared before. How the structure looks like in the end is up to you, but there are certain aspects you ought to consider. In this section you will find a selection of tips that help you structure your presentation.
How to live up to your audience’s needs and interests, how to bring across your message, and how to do so in a structured way requires multitasking. This section will provide you with some ideas on how to use different tools and methods to cover the different tasks that need to be considered to successfully communicate in public speaking. This is the section were your own creativity is required. A central idea to this part is that there are different levels on which an audience can be approached and addressing all of them is what makes it easiest for the audience to remember your core message.