Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Three Tips To Better Your Oral Presentation Skills

Getting up in front of an audience is one of the most frightening things for people to do. In fact, it is officially one of the biggest phobias that people possess. The funny thing about this phobia is that it isn't necessary. Oral presentation skills are a matter of confidence, practice, and knowledge. This article will dive into three ways you can improve your oral presentation skills.

Confidence is a key ingredient to successful public speaking. You audience will be able to tell right from the beginning if you are confident or not. Your body language will silently tell your audience how confident you are. No matter how nervous you may be, appearing confident can overcome your nervousness with some simple gestures. Smile at your audience, stand with good posture, and work the stage as you give your presentation. These small gestures will exude confidence and your audience will certainly pick up on it, no matter how nervous you may be.

Before giving your presentation, you would be well advised to practice, practice, and practice some more. The idea is to become very familiar with the presentation that you are going to be giving so that you know it like the back of your hand. Your practice will also pay dividends when it comes to your confidence level. It's easy to feel confident about something that you have done again and again.

The biggest key to improving your oral presentation skills is fully grasping what it is that your audience expects from you. Your audience expects one thing from you: value. It's that simple. What you may not know is that in the eyes of your audience, you are an expert on the subject matter. You don't have to know everything there is to know about your topic at all. To be an expert, you just have to know more than your audience does and share your knowledge with your audience. Once you fully grasp this concept and combine it with a bit of practice, it is only natural that your confidence will get an amazing boost and your speech will be well received.

These three tips will help to strengthen your oral presentation skills. Work on your confidence with your body language, practice your presentation, and provide your audience with the value they expect to get from you, the expert. You can screw up your presentation and still be perceived as an expert and superior speaker so long as you keep these tips in mind.

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