Channel Beyoncé and Win Over Your Audience!

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(DGIwire) – Most people feel nervous and less than confident when speaking in public or meeting new people. The good news is…nerves are normal! Rock stars, Divas, Broadway performers and all kinds of “stars” — corporate or otherwise — experience stage fright. Yet, once one gets the hang of speaking publicly, it is usually a satisfying and rewarding experience on multiple levels.

Dian Griesel, president of strategic visibility firm, Dian Griesel International, who is also an author and public speaking expert who has helped almost one thousand C-Suite executives improve their presentations skills, offers these tips to boost public speaking confidence.

  • Organize thoughts: Arrange points in a logical, coherent order and take the time to carefully choose words. This will help listeners understand the message. Preparing points ahead of time helps anyone become more confident.
  • Get comfortable with a crowd: Smile plenty and keep a calm demeanor. Changing voice tonality and speed while slowing down to emphasize points is a very effective strategy. Make a genuine effort to seem natural and authentic about the message. For example, if excited or angry about something, great speakers help listeners feel that excitement or anger with their words and emotions.
  • Consider public speaking a performance: As a tactic, channel an alter ego for confidence. Performer Beyoncé has tapped into an alter ego, named Sasha Fierce, for confidence while performing. Introverts may want to try this tip. Channeling a different character can help portray self-confidence and professionalism, especially during public events. And it works! Beyoncé recently divulged Sasha Fierce is no longer needed for performances.
  • Get visual: Consider providing visuals to help audiences distinguish between each point. This will help those listening to understand more of what is being said and can be the “wow” factor that sets a speaker apart. Remember to keep visual aids simple. In the absence of visual props, use words that would succinctly describe key points. Too many words and technical research could turn people off.
  • Engage with your audience: Remember to maintain eye contact with the audience! It can be scary to face a large audience but consider the value imparted by the message. How can emotion be invoked towards the topic? Maintaining an audiences’ attention is the key to being a memorable speaker. What changes can be implemented to communicate a more powerful message?
  • Practice, practice, practice! Ask to practice speaking with peers or anyone who will listen. Simulate a presentation to receive as much feedback as possible. Use the feedback to improve the content, the delivery and your habits.

As a bonus tip, check out the various books available on how to present excellently.

There are many books that offer more confidence boosting tricks for speaking in front of many people. There are also websites available on the Internet that gives some tips on how to present brilliantly.

Good luck!

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