Personal Experience : 5 Tips to make you a better Speaker

Here are the 5 things that I learned which in my opinion makes what we speak persuasive & compelling👇

1️⃣ The tone you speak with: In my opinion, this is the most neglected yet crucial aspect of any successful speech. If you are able to tone your speech with the correct emotive values, it is bound to succeed

Why this❓

Your listeners are humans, not robots, And we humans have a remarkable quality: If we connect with someone emotionally, we go out of our way to support them and listen to them.

So, what does it mean for you? 🤔

🎬Use personal stories, take pauses, express that emotion in your voice as well as your facial expressions, and It will work like MAGIC !!

Try it yourselves :)

2️⃣. Engage the audience and make them think: The best speeches or presentations I have heard to date put the audience on the spot.

As a speaker, it's upon you to make sure that the audience is engaged because if they are engaged, only then they do listen

So, what does it mean? 🤔

🎬Ask questions to the audience they relate to, for ex:

"How do you feel today?"

"What do you think about your last meal?'

Also, give people time to process what you're speaking (especially if it's hard-hitting); they will appreciate it :)


3️⃣ Clarity: I believe this should already be clear & popular enough.

If your speech is not understandable, your audience will lose interest no matter if you are the most knowledgeable person on this planet

🎬 So, before you go up to the spot next time, practice your pronunciation skills.

While you speak, avoid running words together, take tiny pauses between words, and keep taking breaths in your presentation to stop being nervous and slipping words together.

4️⃣ Pace and Its variations: A common misconception is that speaking very fast makes you a good speaker. It might make you cool, but there is a reason fast speaking is only prevalent in raps :)

🎬 Don't speak either too fast or too slow. Maintain a moderate pace range!

And while this range is different according to different sources, 140-170 wpm is a common one & a good place to start aiming.

But this is not enough:

You also need to keep varying your pace to avoid sounding monotonous, just like your pitch. But keep variations SLIGHT!

5️⃣ Energy - Again, something highly underrated, in my opinion. I have seen multiple people dismiss keeping high energy as a desirable trait for just TEDX Speeches or those speaking on your television screens

But that's not true ❌

No matter where and when you speak, being passionate and energetic is a good sign of showing that the speaker is really into whatever they're talking about. And it helps!

Note: This doesn't mean shouting at the top of your lungs (don't do it pls), but keep an overall high energy

That's all, have fun!