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Are you a speaker with awareness? Are you able to control how your body and voice act when you stand up to speak in public? Do you even know what happens when you're speaking? Awareness is the foundation of inspiring public speaking, here's how to find it...
The first step to become brilliant at public speaking is to become aware of yourself and your impact on the world; to become aware of precisely what you’re doing when you speak.
If you are able to master the basics and develop on your strengths, you will fill your audience with the confidence that you are a speaker who can be relied on.
If your audience have this confidence in you, they will focus on the bit you want them to focus on - your message - rather than any quirks of your public speaking skills.
Awareness is the conscious space for choice. With awareness you begin to distance yourself from what you’re doing, so you can start to choose which bits of your performance function well and which don’t. From there you can begin to change, to give the audience greater openness to your message. If you’re aware, you are:
You can look at your awareness in three broad areas:
And there’s much more. Consider the way you hold your body, your facial expressions and how you move – they all affect the power of your public speaking.
Next, look at the way your voice behaves when you speak in public. Once your volume’s not too loud and not too soft, but just right, you can start to use it as a tool for adding drama and tension into what you say. The same goes for an awareness of your gaps, your intonation, your clarity, your energy and so on. Play with your voice and use it to create a story that engages your audience.
Confidence can play funny tricks on us if we’re unaware on stage. Without awareness, we can take our nerves too seriously and develop public speaking anxiety. This is when the body’s fight-or-flight mechanism kicks into play and we switch into a state of panicked action.
If we’re aware, we’ll learn that our nerves are energy that can either help, or hinder our performance. That energy can either be labelled 'fear' or 'excitement.' With awareness, we can begin to choose which way it goes.
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