How do I get chances to practice public speaking?
I keep hearing that I am supposed to practice public speaking to improve myself. I always imagine that there will be lots of class discussion in college, so I want to be better at public speaking before I go to college. I do not have any real expertise so I don't see how I can find any way to practice public speaking. What would I talk about and where and who would listen? How can I practice when I don't really have anything new to talk about? #public-speaking #communication-skills #oral-communications
Check out Toastmasters! www.toastmasters.com. Lots of chapters all of the US, and youth clubs as well. If there isn't a club near you, you can also start one of your own. Best support community for building public speaking skills I've ever been a part of.
I agree with Megan; Toastmasters is an excellent resource! Check them out. Its an extremely supportive environment and a great way to be introduced to the world of public speaking. Another tip...the more you do it, the easier it gets. Remember, everyone wants to see you do well!
Yes, Toast Masters is always good advice. But look for other places at well. Your social groups, your place of worship, and other community venues are great.
A friend went to the library and noticed they have a "English as a second language" group that meets weekly. She got involved as a facilitator and now frequently speaks on subjects that the group requests, including ordering food at different kinds of restaurants, why it is bad to talk religion or politics, and which words you shouldn't say in public. What a great experience.
All of these are great ideas. You can also usually find a debate team in the region you live in or join a speach tournament. Another really good experience in public speaking is by volunteering. Nursing homes and hospitals always need people to lead craft groups and other activities. Maybe that's not your style? No problem! See if you can match your interest to something similar. Maybe education is your thing. Ask your favorite teacher to let you TA. More of a wildlife expert? Give it your all at the local vet, wildlife reserve, or even the zoo. Leading is all about putting yourself out there. Public speaking practice can really help your confidence and build great leadership skills you will need for the rest of your life.
Hello, I agree with people´s reccomendation regarding toastmaster is an excellent option but to me practising is the best way to excel this skills, everytime that you have the opportunity to speak in public for any reason, could be in your class, during a meeting, in front of your family, etc, that will help you to feel more confident doing so, if you ask for feedback is another way to identify what could be your improvement areas, you have to be open to listen constructive feedback, I consider myself an introvert person so I have faced this situiation in my life, feeling vulnerable when you´re doing it is not a bad thing is your chance to identify what you can improve next time, try to engage in activities that force you to practice this.
I think its amazing that you are concerned about Public Speaking in this way so early on. Kudos to you. that means you will excel later on in your academic endeavors. Experience will come, that I can guarantee. In High School and especially College; you may get tired of public speaking because it comes with almost every class.
But like others have said websites are great. Youtube videos of good and bad public speaking will give you an idea of why there is such an emphasis on this because some people can do it and some simply shouldn't.
But there are a lot of tips in books as well, but when your time comes that's when you will actually see what it entails.
Try giving an informative speech to family at home about something that will be of interest to them but is something new. Watch there attention span to you, their interest 10 minutes later, their body language etc.
You can attend seminars / conferences on topics you know something about and volunteer to present a topic. You can apply to a learning centre and be a teacher / tutor on a school topic you know something about. This is not really like giving a speech, more like improvising - you have your topics / subjects you are to teach and you speak freely with guidelines in your head rather than memorize word for word. You do have to be able to anticipate questions and be able to answer them.
Participate in discussions on subjects you are interested in. Read news papers, books, articles on subjects you are interested in.
I had the exact same question in mind while I was in school:
"What would I talk about and where and who would listen? How can I practice when I don't really have anything new to talk about?"
I sometimes wonder if we really need to have something new to talk about? Or can we simply reiterate a common belief, feeling, ideology etc. to engage our audience and stimulate a discussion.
How about reading Robert Cialdini's influencing principles.
Statistically, it has been said that the #1 fear most people say they have is Public Speaking. Having been in the Mortgage Industry for over 10 years, I’ve had my share of learning experiences with public speaking. A few ways I’ve found to practice and improve this skillset is to be confident on what you’re speaking topics are about. Engage with your audience and value their time. Practice your talking points in front of the mirror and cast your focus across the room so that you are speaking to everyone. Hope this helps and best of luck to your future endeavors!
In tech, we have lots of tech community events (user groups, free local conferences) that give a lot of opportunities to speak. Even if you don't think what you have to say is new, it's new to someone. Remember, when you get up in front of people, for most people their ability to speak and reason goes down, so try to find an opportunity to speak on something that you know really well.
Also you mentioned class discussion in college. Discussions are different than speaking. While they seem related, a speaking opportunity is one where you have time to prepare and lay out what you want to communicate while a discussion requires you to have information prepared (so you can contribute) but is a lot less structured.
I would check out Toastmasters for sure. What types of hobbies or organizations are you currently involved in? If you belong to a church, how about offering to teach a sunday school class? Even if you are involved in a school sport, ask your coach to let you make the announcements after practice. Just taking these small steps in talking in front of others will make a huge difference. You can also always grab some family members, have them pick a topic for you to research then give a speech to them. That way you can get constructive criticism from them. They can also video record you so afterwards you can see what you want to work on as you watch yourself speak! Hope this helps!!!!!!
Hi - all great suggestions from the others so far. :-) Also, think about volunteering! If there's an area you're passionate about, so many volunteer orgs could use the help *and* you can get great experience leading and speaking with these orgs in a low-stakes, "safe" environment. For example, maybe they need help promoting their organizaiton
Also, working or volunteering with kiddos is another good option (camp counselor? Big Sister/Brother? Mentor? etc.). You'll likely need to speak in front of groups (of kids) in those roles - it's a good way to practice. :-)
I've heard great things about toastmasters however have not been directly involved.
If you are looking for more fun/scary ways of practicing public speaking.
Comedy clubs do amateur nights, while comedy isn't everyones thing I think having the courage to get up in front of that type of crowd is probably the real acid test, if you can do that no audience will phase you.
Debating clubs are of course a great choice for when you think you have nothing to talk about.
I've seen a TED talk after fear https://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCEQtwIwAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ted.com%2Ftalks%2Fchris_hadfield_what_i_learned_from_going_blind_in_space&ei=g94rVJumBJHroASV7oCYDQ&usg=AFQjCNHpCzEKpi-cKvyYu09IhG4Ua-ECBA&bvm=bv.76477589,d.cGU
and my take away was practice of anything removes that fear and makes what was the fearful common place.
Toastmasters is definitely a good way to go. An alternative would be for you to record yourself doing a presentation or engaging in a debate with someone in your family or a friend. Then watch to it get a perception of the areas that you need to work on, what your areas of opportunity are.
In relation to the topic, just pick something that you are comfortable with, in order to practice. However, in "real life" if you are doing a presentation or public speaking always ensure that you've prepared the topic, that you have evidence and facts to support what you are saying. If you have these it shows that you've done your research and your opinion will be very much valued.
I hope this helps!
I've been a part of Toastmasters for more than a year and it's been a great source of help. I'm more confident in meetings because of it and I gave my first keynote today too! Toastmaster's tagline is "Where Leaders Are Made." How can you say no to such a bold statement. I know I want to be an influential leader someday, if that take me becoming a part of Toastmasters. Then that's what I'll have to do. Hope you are able to join!
Dream big, Vivian