Punchy, quality content must be a taken for any speech of merit but it is in the delivery that the true mettle of the speech will be proven.
Speaking Clubs offer regular speaking practice and this will develop lectern confidence. If you couple this with learned techniques, like the pause, rhythm and colour in the voice to emphasis your message you will become a speaker of some competence.
I think the difference between a competent speaker and a memorable one is the individual who creates, what can only be termed as, a mystical union between him/her self and the audience.
This charismatic difference is found in a speaker who is authentic, completely warts and all true to his/her self. Sometimes it needs a bit of coaching to push past our ego that wants to be seen as the dynamo at the lectern. It takes courage to accept the fact that you aren’t perfect. But when you are unafraid to step into your authentic signature style – the audience will recognise the integrity of your language, posture and intent. They will reward you with their responsive energy and you the speaker will experience the joy of holding an audience in the palm of your hand.
Pet peeves. Speakers who do not run to time, complacent speakers who think they can wing it or use jargon – so elitist. Speakers who shy away from using a microphone, read from their notes with no eye contact, But my all time head banging irritation is the rising inflection. No ladies and gentlemen it is not nerves that makes the voice squeak it is a habit which is a barrier to the effectiveness of your communication. While the audience is still hanging with the question mark tremor at the end of your sentence that’s all they hear. It’s a habit a silly habit, record and listen to it and make an effort to quit it.
Here ends today’s lesson folks!
My book ‘Finding Your Voice – Ten steps to successful public speaking’ in 2005. encapsulated four decades of my speaking, training/coaching, speaker management and evaluation passion. Promoted by the publisher Lothian as the definitive self-help guide to public speaking.