5 Must Public Speaking Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

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Are you the type of the entrepreneur who needs to speak? Maybe to promote a product, pitch an idea or something else. Well, I’ve complied  some perfect points to follow while you are talking in front of a large audience. These five points that you should never miss out.

 #1. Don’t Talk Right Away

Never talk as you walk onto the stage. Lot of people start talking right away, and it get on the nerves of many. It interconnects a little bit of insecurity and fear. Instead, walk quietly onto the stage, take a deep breath, find your place, wait a few seconds and begin. It sounds long and tedious and it feels agonizingly obstinate when you do but it shows your audience that you are absolutely confident and in command of the situation.

 #2. Show Up To Give, Not To Take

Time and again individuals make appearances to sell products or ideas, to get people to follow them on social media, buy their books or even just to like them. These speakers are of the ‘takers’ type and often the audiences can see through these people right away. And, when they do, they disengage. Humans are exceedingly social and even with space, one can tell if you’re a giver or a taker, and people are more likely to trust a giver – a speaker that gives them value, that teaches them something new, that inspires them than the other class.

 #3. Make Eye Contact With Audience Members One By One

Scanning and panning is your worst enemy. While it looks like you’re looking at everyone, it actually disconnects you from your audience. It’s much easier and effective, if one directly looks at specific audience members throughout your speech. If you can, give each person that you intently look at an entire sentence or thought, without breaking your gaze. When you finish a sentence, move on to another person and keep connecting with individual people until you’re done speaking. Doing so you no longer speak at them, but you speak with them. This not only creates a subterranean association with individuals but the entire audience can feel it.

#4. Speak Unusually, And Slowly

When you get nervous, it’s not just your heart beat that quickens. Words also tend to speed up. Luckily audiences are more patient and forgiving then we know. They want you to succeed up there, but the more you rush, the more you turn them off and if you just go quiet for a moment and take a long, deep breath, they’ll wait for you. It’s kind of amazing. It is incredible that you can stand on stage and speak so slowly that there are several seconds between each of your words and people… will… hang… on… your… every… word. It really works.

#5. Ignore The Cynics

Dismiss the people furrowing their brows, crossing their arms or shaking their heads “no.” Instead, focus only on your supporters — the people who are visibly engaged, enjoying your presentation and nodding “yes.” If you find the audience members who are positively interacting with you, you’ll be much more confident and relaxed than if you try to convince the naysayers.

(Source: Entrepreneur)

Siddhartha Sarma

Siddhartha Sarma, a Microsoft Partner and a startup freak. Pursuing his B. Tech. in Instrumentation and Control engineering at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. He has a great passion towards entrepreneurship and has founded his own startup, Induskul. Apart from writing, he is passionate about computer programing and making new relationship in his professional network.