Being able to deliver a speech to a large audience in a confident and persuasive manner is one of the key skills needed by many company executives. But isn’t this public speaking just the same as delivering a business presentation to your team back in the office? Or do several other factors come into play when you are faced with a sea of faces who dont know you and who aren’t simply there to listen to the boss present!
The reality for many executives is that speaking in public to a large outside audience can still be a somewhat daunting afair no matter how experienced you are in normal business presentations.
Public Speaking Coaching can really make a difference
If you’re a company executive and want some expert coaching to help you enhance your public speaking then Skillstudio are there to help. We provide:-
Executive Public Speaking Coaching
Half day of full day, 121 coaching in business presenting by an expert trainer. Held throughout the UK on a date and time to suit you and tailored exactly to your personal requirements. These sessions can be held in many locations throughout the UK.
Effective Presenting & Public Speaking
This 2-day Public workshop is held regularly in Central London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow.
Advanced Public Speaking Coaching
This 2-day Public course is held regularly in Central London.
We can also run our public speaking courses for your organisation on an in-house basis at your premises throughout the UK and Europe.
Call us today on 08456 444 150 if you want to discuss how our training can help you or your team.
Nerves at the beginning of your speech?
You might well discover that nerves play a significant part at the beginning of your speech.
However this is just exactly the time when you need to be in total control and make the right first impression on your audience. You need to ensure that the first few lines of the speech are delivered confidently and clearly and provide you with the optimum launch for the rest of your speech.
If this is an issue for you, then learning a number of strategies to take full control of your nerves can make a great difference. And a short session with an experienced coach on a 121 basis will help you address this.
Voice coaching for the executive speech
As an executive public speaker, you need to influence your audience through the power of your voice.
However, even if you are an experienced public speaker, you may not be making the most of your voice when you speaking to the audience. You may feel passionately about your material but this may not be being effectively conveyed through your voice and so your audience is left uninspired. Three of the most common reasons why this happens are:
- Your voice might lack variety
- You might be speaking too quickly
- or you might lack energy and conviction
However, the above faults can all be quickly addressed by working with an expert coach.
Executive coaching in body language
To make a strong impact on your audience, it’s equally as important as an executive speaker to have a strong presence and use your body language effectively. This can be especially so when you are on the stage in front of a large audience.
Your stance says a lot about you – so make sure that it is strong, relaxed and engaging. Negative body language can have an adverse effect on the way your audience sees you and this can reduce your overall credibility.
Three key areas related to body language that can impact your executive speeches are:-
- Using eye contact
We build rapport with people when we make eye contact with them. So you need to make sure you share eye contact with your audience when you are speaking to them – even when there are hundreds in the audience. A good public speaking coach will show you how to do this.
- Using gestures
Gesture can help you to enhance your messages and make them more powerful. It will reflect in your voice which will sound more dynamic and the overall impact will be more powerful and memorable to your audience.
- Using space to command your audience
The way you use your space when you present says a lot about you. The executive presenter who is at ease in their space conveys a strong presence and command over their audience.
The language of persuasion
The words used in your speech is also a key factor in helping the executive fully engage with and influence your audience.
To convey your message in a persuasive way you also need to speak in a way that’s easy for your audience to listen to you. You need to ensure that your presentation uses the spoken word rather than just a written piece of text. For example:
- Be informal
Don’t use overly formal grammar that is technically correct and works well for the written word but will sound stilted to your audience when read out.
- Be clear
Highlight key points to your audience so that they become clear and so that your audience will remember them.
- Be creative
Use creative techniques which help engage with your audience’s imagination and help them to remember your message.
Executive public speaking coaching
Being successful when you speak in public is not rocket science. Its simply a number of key skills.
And you can develop these skills through coaching and practice. By enhancing your public speaking skills you will be able to develop a much stronger influence on your audiences and reap the business success that goes with that.
To get some executive coaching in public speaking, click on one of the links below:-
Skillstudio also offer public courses, 1-2-1 coaching and in-house training in many aspects of presentation skills and communication skills, including public speaking, vocal skills and body language awareness.
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