It is a well known saying that a good message or speech will travel to the listener’s heart if and only if it is conveyed with a good body language. Else, the travel ends at the listener’s ear.
This blog post will share with you how to deliver an effective public speech with the correct use of your expressions, sound modulations, hand gesture, use of feet, your confidence etc so that you transform from a boring sound box to a great orator.
First and foremost thing to be remembered during your speech is your facial expression! In sync to what you preach, your idea should be supported with your facial expressions like anger, shock, smile, amazement, frown etc. An important message passed to the listener with the correct expressions and sound modulation is never forgotten. The audience would absorb what you preach like a blotting paper and act upon that.
Next important factor to be taken care in public speaking is the Eye Contact of the orator with the audience. There are DOs and DON’Ts in keeping Eye Contact.
DOs are keeping random eye contact for 2 – 3 second with each member and having your ideas reach their heart and the DON’Ts are having repetitive sweeping or scanning motion of eye over the gathering which would lead the audience to sleep rather than engaging with the speech.
But, if the number of listeners is large, keeping eye contact with each individual is difficult or rather impossible. But when you look to a group of people from a distance, it is a human tendency for each individual of the group to feel as if you are looking at him.
While addressing a large gathering, this ‘mob feeling’ can be made use of. You should clump people into small groups and look. Because of the distance, each would feel as if the orator is looking into his own eyes and they all feel happy and would surely be more attentive.
At the end there are your feet and legs. If you are required to stand at one place while speaking you need to pay attention to your stance and posture. Stand straight with legs slightly apart. Keep your weight equally distributed on both feet. Don’t lean on any one leg.
At the same time do not move from side to side. If you need to move around on stage try to look natural without slouching or dragging your feet. But ramp walking like a model should also be avoided. It is but natural to feel nervous when on stage. It’s due to the adrenaline in the body. You need to put that to good use rather than avoid performing.
Nerves will show mostly in your extremities. But by staying calm and focused this nervous energy can help you perform better. Even professional feel these nerves but they learn to redirect this energy and make it work for them. So be confident and it will show in your body language.