Faye B. Roberts
A dynamic speaker speaks with energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and variety. Not being dynamic means being unconcerned, suffering from lack of confidence in one's public speaking abilities, speaking in a monotone, and being just plain boring. So how does one become a dynamic speaker? There are a number of factors that influence how other people react to your speech and it's delivery.
Try to mix up the content of your presentation - never say the same thing over and over. Pay attention to phrases or habits you express frequently. Phrases like: "you know" or "eh?" or even the word "like" are often a part of peoples' everyday speech patterns, but they become monotonous and boring during a presentation. Use your voice and your gestures to emphasize important points, a lot of gestures make you look more energetic, which increases dynamism.
Be yourself, because if your audience thinks you are being fake they will not believe you. You're cool, don't worry about it, impress them with your dynamism and your arguments. Change the volume and tone of your voice, but don't talk too loudly or too softly either. And slow down for the important points, but don't go too slow or too fast.
Your face is the most expressive part of your body and studies show that people pay a lot of attention to the expressions on your face. Use facial expressions which match the points you are making. Don't send mixed signals. And don’t be afraid to move around a bit, but don't stray too far from your notes.
Stand erect, don't bend over to read from your notes. And don't take your pen with you when you speak. Especially, do not twirl the pen while speaking and keep it out of your mouth. Needless to say never smoke during your presentation. Smoking isn't cool.
If you know anyone in the audience look sraight at them. Speaking to someone familiar to you will lessen the tensions and then gradually as you become more relaxed include other members of the audience. If on the other hand, you know no one in the audience, pick out three distinct personalities before you begin. Pick one in the centre of the room, one on the right side and one on the left. Perhaps a lady with bright blonde hair, or a gentleman with a rose in his lapel, or even someone with a unique piece of clothing. Any thing that makes them stand out from the crowd. Give all three of them a quick smile and small nod. During your speech you will feel more comfortable speaking to those three people because you have already established a link with them and as you look from one to the other the rest of the audience will see you look around and assume you are looking at everyone.
Most people are not born with the skills needed to be a dynamic speaker. Practice, perseverance, and keeping these tips in mind while delivering your speech will help you become a dynamic, powerful speaker.
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