Speaking allows you to communicate your passion about a subject upon which you are expert. In most cases, one doesn’t naturally acquire advanced speaking skills. Typically, an individual discovers a passion they wish to share with others, crafting his or her skillset strategically to better communicate their knowledge on a subject. Wanting to pursue a career in speaking is great, but first it’s important to know why you want to speak. Speaking isn’t easy to do, but you can always learn to get better at it. Here are some important tips on how to speak with passion and to strive purposefully to better your speaking ability.
- Use inclusive language. Replacing “you” with “we” lets your audience know you are willing to work with them. You are there to teach them, not to tell them what to do. Using “we” implies that since you are now the expert on this subject, you are willing to guide others and explain what you can accomplish together.
- Adapt to the feedback you see from your audience. Ideally, your listeners at a speaking engagement comprise your target audience. You should not only be familiar with the demographics of that audience, but their interests as well. This is particularly important for your material and is the most effective manner to attain your purpose. There is no use speaking to an audience that is disinterested or has no idea what you are saying. Beginning to see cues of whether the audience is engaged or not is crucial to your speaking incentive. Learn to adapt to this feedback and know when to change gears or stay on track.
- Let your personality take the stage. Be yourself—your audience came to watch YOU. You will establish greater credibility, not only for your knowledge but also your character. Be interactive, rewarding, and charismatic. Let the audience see how passionate you are and why you are the one on stage.
- Communicate as a leader. Look how many people are looking up to you. This isn’t meant to make you feel nervous, it’s to make you feel empowered—like an authority. Everyone is there to see what you have to say, and for good reason. Be confident and proud; carry yourself with professionalism and poise— just don’t forget to have some fun, too.
- Be a storyteller. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Share some insight as to why you’re on stage. This conveys not only credibility, but purpose. Telling personal stories shows others that you are a real, accessible person. The audience, in turn, will be able to relate to you and become inspired.
Anyone can strive to be a speaker if they work hard enough, but passion and purpose will differentiate mediocre speakers from exceptional ones. With this, you are guaranteed to reach your audience while giving them something they can take away from it. This is not only important for your speaking career, but ensures that you will have a profound impact on others.