Your Next BIG Speech
My favorite technique for calming myself in front of an audience is looking for focal points (aka, “friendly faces”)
The majority of your audience are inherently rooting for you to do well. Most people want to see you succeed. They are there because they are interested in hearing what you have to say and what to hear it from you.
Want even more reassurance? I can guarantee you that 10 times out of 10 there will be someone in the audience that can help you succeed. These are naturally sweet and nice people scared amongst the crowd. You can see the joy on their faces. They are happy, loving, caring, and supportive individuals. A quick glance back and forth through the crowd and you will easily spot them. They are looking into your eyes. They have a smile and encouragement in their eyes.
These people are your focal points. I usually like to try and find 2 or 3 of them in different locations throughout the audience. I then use them for “anchoring” as I present. I start my talk scanning back and forth at the masses. I try to ignore the faces of tired, cranky, or bored individuals. I still make the effort to engage them, but I don’t fixate on them as I pan across the audience. When I need a pick-me-up or want to emphasize a point, I will return to my focal points. I want to make sure they (the ones who clearly want me to do well) get their money’s worth.
Be careful not to isolate and stare down these individuals. Please, avoid this at all costs. They are to help you balance, not monopolize your focus.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…