Obi Shorinwa, Managing Director of Ora Group knows how crucial it is to be a great speaker. He said, “Below are 4 fundamental points on how to improve your public speaking and how to captivate your audience.”
Share an emotional story. Admitting a mistake is great but not when used simply to show how far you’ve come. Instead just tell a story that relates to your topic and let your emotions show. If you were sad or you cried, mention it. Emotion trumps speaking skills every time.
Pause for 8 to 10 seconds. If you pause for two or three seconds, the audience assume you lost your place. Pause for five seconds and the audience begins to think the pause is intentional… and starts wondering why. Pause for ten seconds and even the people who weren’t listening to begin with can’t resist looking up.
Obi adds, “Some people assume public speaking confidence is something you are born with, that it can’t be taught, but I don’t think that’s true. At Ora Group we’re always looking for that extra tip to improve how we communicate. Right now I am preparing for a speech and I am making sure that I include all the points here.”
Ask a question the audience—and you—can’t answer. Ask a question you know the audience can’t answer and then explain why you can’t answer the question either, then talk about what you do know. Most speakers have all the answers; the fact you don’t—and are willing to admit it—not only humanizes you but makes the audience pay greater attention to what you do know.
Never think “sales.” Most business people assume they should capitalize on a speaking engagement to try to promote a product or service, win new clients, and build a wider network. Don’t. Thinking in terms of sales only adds additional pressure to what is already a stressful situation. Put all your focus on ensuring the audience will benefit from what you say; never try to accomplish more than one thing.
In Conclusion Obi Shorinwa, the Managing Director of Ora Group, based in Jersey City, says, “Don’t use your speech as an opportunity to sell your company or product unless that is the main objective of it. If it was a great speech, that ended with a little publicity stunt at the end your audience won’t appreciate it.