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Public Speaking Tips For Entrepreneurs – Yes, Even YOU Can Speak In Front of a Crowd

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So you’ve chosen to become an entrepreneur, that means whether you like it or not public speaking is now on your horizon. Here are some tips on how to better your presentation and how to approach any fears about getting into the spotlight.

Public Speaking Tips For Entrepreneurs

An introvert by nature, check out This Ted Talk by Simon Sinek who has grown millions of followers:

Speak Very Slowly

If nerves tend to get the better of you in a speaking engagement, focus on taking your time. When you’re nervous your words speed up along with your heartbeat.

 

Your audience doesn’t want to see you struggle, focus on the quality of your dialogue and don’t be afraid to take a breath when needed. This will also give your peers a moment to think about what you’re saying.

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Turn Nervousness Into A Positive

Does just the thought of public presenting give you a dry mouth and clammy hands? Getting anxious is only going to create more problems so learning how to transform this negative energy into a positive is very important.

Take some time to figure out what is actually making you nervous, accept it and try meditation techniques to help overcome these feelings. The power of positive thinking is truly amazing. If nothing else Practice, Practice, Practice!

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Give Thanks

Your listeners gave up their valuable time to come and see you! Thank them in return, they will appreciate it.

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Use Material You Know

If you don’t want to fall flat on your face then stick to topics that you are knowledgeable in. You don’t have to try to fake it for anybody. Be real, be yourself and discuss information that you are passionate about. This will also help you from stumbling if there is ever a Q&A portion to your presentation. Tell stories and give insights on personal experiences. People enjoy listening to information they can relate to.

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Focus On The Audience

Don’t focus on yourself! It is easy to worry about how you will sound or what you look like on stage but successful speakers actually focus on their audience.

Focus on making a connection with your crowd and find a way to make a memorable impact.

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Engage

In our modern day world, attention is scarce. Getting it and keeping it is a huge accomplishment as a speaker. It is a smart idea to grab the audience straight away in your open. Ask them questions, tell a personal story or play a relatable video. The more you can engage your peers throughout your speech the more attention you will get.

 

Public speaking can be difficult but using these steps can help significantly in your growth as a presenter. Finding a mentor or coach to use as a sounding board and offer up feedback can be invaluable. If you need some help getting started ToastMasters is an excellent leadership resource.

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42 comments on “Public Speaking Tips For Entrepreneurs – Yes, Even YOU Can Speak In Front of a Crowd

  1. I am not shy at all, so I never have trouble speaking in front of crowds, but I can see how it would be intimidating.

  2. What an amazing and empowering article. I shared on Twitter, I’m not usually shy, but these are great ideas to catch the attention of an audience.

  3. Public speaking can be terrifying for a lot of people. It took me some time to get used to it. These tips are spot on, you can always turn your nervousness around.

    1. Very true Elizabeth! It’s hard to turn those knots in your stomach into excitement but it is possible! Great job for keeping at it!

  4. I think the last advice, engage, is very important. You know that something when wrong when people will not ask you any questions at the end of your speech.

  5. I dislike public speaking, I much prefer to write and be behind a computer screen but I have been told that I am a good public speaker so I guess my nerves does not show as much as I thought it does!

  6. I hate public speaking and always have even in speech class during high school. I am always nervous when I have to speak in front of people no matter the size of the group. These are great tips and being nervous can always be transferred into a positive thing.

  7. I always try to speak slowly during public speaking sometimes it works other times it just go too fast but it seems to me I am going slow or too slow. Sigh! I just want to do my best at public speaking.

  8. I still don’t like public speaking. I love that you have all these great tips for it though. I know that I could never speak in front of a huge crowd though. I would get so nervous. Nothing would help me unfortunately.

  9. This is a great topic to cover. Getting into public speaking is a great way for entrepreneurs to establish themselves as experts in their particular niche, but it can be very intimidating.

    1. Definitely! You have to spend a lot of time in the community networking so working on communication is very important! Thanks Tiffany!

  10. The ability (or inability) to speak in public is one of the things that can make or break an entrepreneur for sure! Thank you for sharing your insights on it! I’m so grateful for my public speaking class in college 🙂

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