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3 Good Skills to Develop as a Motivational Speaker

Most of the more famous motivational speakers are high-profile personalities. Whether they rose as an inspirational speaker or as a celebrity-turned speaker, they got to where they are because they have charisma. However, charisma alone won't get you anywhere if you're planning to become a public speaker yourself. Besides your knack for positive thinking and being sincere in your messages, you'll need to develop a few skills to make it as a public speaker.

Writing

The first skill you'll need to develop is your writing skills. You already know your talent for changing lives. You'll need to start putting them in a clear and coherent order fit for big audience presentation. No public speaker goes full freestyle in an event. Doing so will increase your utterance of "ums" and other fillers. This will only make your audience doubt your confidence and may end up not listening to you at all. In contrast, you should also avoid reading fully scripted speeches. Use notes instead to stay on track of your subject matter.

Humor

Writing skills help develop another good skill for public speaking: the knack for comedy. Speeches can last from a half-hour to two hours depending on the event. Nobody can listen to the speaker for that long unless the speech is engaging enough. One way to keep the audience engaged is to make them laugh from time to time. Humor also helps lighten the mood. A speaker is usually surrounded by people with problems and it's his job to address those problems. Being too serious with your speech can add to the tension the audience already feels.

In contrast, it is unwise to add to much humor in a public speaking event. Sure, you'll be very entertaining, but the audience may start not taking you seriously. Find a healthy balance between good points and humor.

Improve

Improvisation is also a good skill to develop. Being able to think of something from the top of your head can help you fill in any blanks that may arise from your speech. For instance, you've prepared a humorless speech because you don't know how the audience will react to jokes. When the time comes to deliver the speech, you study your audience and throw in a few jokes that will keep them engaged.

Some speakers try to get some of the audience involved during a speech. For instance, a speaker asks an audience member to cite a problem and he provides the solution relevant to the point he just made. Improv skills can help you formulate and deliver the correct answer.

Combine all those skills with a commanding presence, oozing confidence, a leader-like charisma, and a soothing voice and you'll be able to win your audience over. It is best to look at a lot of public speakers and see how they do their speeches. Study how they move, when they raise their voices, and how they structure the speech. Learn from some of the best, and you'll one day become one of them.

About Me:


Michael Folgers is a consultant for corporate affairs. He's also spent two years in the public sector, training civil service professionals. He currently speaks at corporate and public events, drawing inspiration from a lot of Australian speakers such as Larry Emdur.

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