Actually speaking to your audience is a lot easier than you may think. Here we present the essential guide to speaking confidently and succeeding as a speaker.
There is no need to put an accent on, just be you. Accents can come across fake and can be annoying to listen to – unless you’re an actor or actress. Try and smile and be upbeat whilst you’re speaking, it will inspire people you are addressing and will help put you at ease when you see all the smiling faces.
Look Straight Ahead
You may have been to a west end show and noticed the actors on stage look straight ahead not at the audience; the reason for this is they are not easily distracted. The same applies whether you’re speaking at a wedding, business meeting, look straight ahead and not at the people in attendance and you will deliver your speech with relative ease.
There is nothing worse than going to a venue and the speaker either speaks too fast or rushes through his or her delivery, if there is one way to annoy your audience that’s got to be the one. Practice your speech the night before (ideally some days before for as long as it takes) then on the day your going to be addressing the audience just take a deep breath then off you go.
Check your Microphone before you start
Always, always do sound checks to ensure you have the right amount of gain on your microphone, the last thing you need is echo or distortion. Double check the MIC volume so you’re not blasting your voice all over the place and at a volume that’s unbearable. Ideally, have a portable head piece with MIC fitted so you have freedom of movement.