The One Trick That Will Help You Become a Better Speaker

March 14, 2017

Career Advice

Public speaking is a natural part of corporate life. Whether you’d like to become better at simply expressing your idea to a co-worker or presenting a solution to a huge audience, there’s a trick that will help. TED speakers swear by it as well as high-performing athletes.

It all comes down to practice. But not just practicing by yourself in front of a mirror or simple re-reading your notes so you feel comfortable with your talking points. It’s all about practicing in self-imposed stressful situations. Even just a little bit of stress can help. For example, practice by giving your Powerpoint presentation to a significant other or friend the night before giving it in front of a large audience. Time yourself to add a bit more realistic pressure.

But why does this tactic work? Inc. further explains this phenomenon in an article titled The Best TED Speakers Practice This 1 Habit Before Taking the Stage. It’s all about building up a tolerance for pressure so you don’t choke once it’s placed on you. If you’re the kind of person that can memorize a poem perfectly, but then totally freezes once you’re on stage, this strategy will be especially helpful.

Practicing alone can only do so much. You need to mimic the real-world circumstances that you may be faced with. Think about how much more you learn once you’re on the job, versus what you learned in a classroom setting. Public speaking is no different.

Image via jonny goldstein/Flickr.

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