Many of us might have experienced public speaking at some point in our lives. In fact, a good portion of the people that are members of the public probably do at one time or another. When we speak to large groups of people, we might feel the need to convey a message in a very clear manner. We might also feel the need to direct the attention of the people in attendance to a specific issue.
While public speaking can be a daunting experience, it doesn’t have to be. You just need to know how to make it easy. It is very important to know how to constructively engage in public speaking. It is also important to learn how to use your body language properly when speaking.
The first thing you should learn about your body language when speaking is that it doesn’t matter how well you say things if the person in front of you doesn’t know that you said them. They don’t know what you are saying unless you tell them. The best way to get around this is to make sure that you are constantly shifting your gaze from the person in front of you to where you want them to look.
When you make eye contact you are drawing the eye of the person in front of you towards you. This can be done subtly or overtly. Subtlety tends to come across more naturally. Overtly, however, will be more noticeable. If the person in front of you is looking at you then you have managed to draw their attention.
Another thing you can do is to subtly step aside. There are people who are used to being in the center of attention and can be distracted by stepping into the background of the person in front of them. They are able to keep their focus on you and not on the person in front of them. This works really well if you have a lot of people in the audience.
As far as speaking in general, a number of people tend to take their eyes off of the right foot. This means that while standing they tend to glance left and right. People may begin to focus on you when they look over your shoulder. In order to maintain eye contact when speaking, you will want to pay attention to your foot.
Do you see your foot move towards you? That is a good indication that you have successfully drawn the attention of the person in front of you. If they have already glanced over your shoulder, it is because you have stepped in front of them.
Something else that many people seem to forget is that the posture that you take while speaking is very important. Most people stand up too straight, which means that the words that come out of their mouth will sound odd. At times a person will find that they have no idea what they are going to say when they are speaking in front of a large group of people.
A common mistake that people make is that they stand back in the seat. When they stand back in the seat, they are not looking around the audience, which is a very good way to keep an eye on your feet. When a person stands back in the seat, it is like trying to play a board game in an empty room.
Do you notice your head and neck move as you speak? Yes, you can hold still while speaking, but it is still a very important aspect of your body language. As you hold still, you are making sure that you have your body turned in a manner that will give the impression that you are focused on the audience. Your head will often turn a bit to the side. When you turn your head towards the audience, it can give the perception that you are concentrating on the audience as a whole.
It might not be the biggest group in the world but having a big group of people in front of you can be intimidating. If you keep in mind how your body language looks and feels when you are speaking to a group of people, you will be able to deliver an effective speech without having any difficulty.