Standing up in front of a room full of people and speaking your mind can be terrifying, but the speech coaches at Embodied Minds: Public Speaking Consultants in New York City, NY can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. Whether you’ve got to give a big presentation at the office, or present a toast at your best friend’s wedding, here are some great tips for captivating a diverse audience:
- Enunciate: If you’re speaking to a diverse audience, it’s important to pronounce every word clearly, and to try to maintain a neutral accent, so everyone can understand you. Even if you’re nervous, try not to speak faster than you normally would.
- Relax: It’s OK to relax while giving a speech. Taking a few deep breaths before, and during your speech, will help calm you and clear your mind. The more comfortable you are, the easier it will be to connect with your audience.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes: You’re nervous, so what? It’s not easy to stand up in front of a room full of people and give a speech. It’s alright to make mistakes, your audience will understand; just don’t let the little things derail your entire speech.
- Check Your Metaphors: Metaphors and clever anecdotes can be wonderful tools, as long as they’re not offensive to other cultures. If you’re speaking to a diverse audience, be sure that they will understand your metaphor, and it won’t be taken the wrong way. Avoiding slang is a good idea too.
For more helpful public speaking tips, call Embodied Minds: Public Speaking Consultants today at (646) 688-2996, or visit them online to learn more about their public speaking courses.