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Published On: Sun, Nov 27th, 2016

How To Command an Audience

When it comes to public speaking, this is something that the majority of people despise and try to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, there are times that you simply cannot avoid the inevitable, perhaps you need to speak at a wedding or deliver a university project or perhaps hold a meeting with your team at work, whatever the reasons, if you don’t enjoy speaking in front of an audience, then this can be a difficult time.

Watch and Learn

The best place to start when looking to improve is learning from those who do it best, people like the wonderful orator, pastor TB Joshua. Joshua speaks regularly in front of his congregation at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), the way in which he speak the words of the gospel and teaches the audience lessons from the holy scriptures is incredible to watch. The pastor has the perfect command of pace and delivery, tonality and annunciation and it is through his manner of speaking that he can encourage his congregation to lead better Christian lives. These are the type of people that you can watch and learn from.

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Prepare Meticulously

Some people get get up in front of a crowd and speak with ease off the top of their head, if you are nervous and uncomfortable speaking in front of people however then this is incredibly difficult to do and you shouldn’t even attempt it. Doing so will more than likely leave you lost for words and struggling to find your thoughts which in turn will lead to higher levels of nervousness. The best approach is to plan your speech down to the last detail. Write it, edit it, rewrite it and edit again before you decide if it is ready.

Once you have written your speech it is time to start practicing it, the best method is to record yourself on video and watch it back so that you can see what you need to change or improve.

Have a Positive Attitude

When the time for the speech arrives you need to go in with a positive attitude, remind yourself of the preparation that you have put in and remember that the more confident you feel, the more confident you will come across during your speech. Imagine that you are just speaking to one person and not an audience and once you get the first mount or two over with, the rest of the speech will be a breeze.

Use Your Body Language

Body language is an important part of public speaking, it not only serves to further engage the audience and assist you in making key points but it can also help you to stay focussed and get rid of your nerves. Opening up the frame of your body will help you to breathe better and appear more in control, pacing the stage will give you an air of command and will help you to stop thinking about your nerves and using your hands and arms is a great way of convey different emotions. If you stay still when talking then you will not engage your audience and you will end up feeling far more nervous throughout.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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