- Do some warm up exercises before you go on stage. I find simple stretching and push-ups to be extremely helpful.
- The art is hiding the art itself. Be so prepared that you can appear natural on stage.
- Follow the 80/20 rule - 80% prepared. 20% impromptu. Being prepared is extremely important but when you are too prepared, you take the fun out of a speech. The 20% spontaneity allows you to milk any situations that arises while you deliver your speech.
- If you want to be a phenomenal speaker, hone your improvisational skills.
- Sign up for an improv class.
- No class? Watch an improv instead. I recommend Whose line is it anyway?
- Join Toastmasters. This is one of the best ways to gain confidence and clock stage time.
- And don’t just speak at your club. Make it a point to visit at least one new club every month. Volunteer for an appointment. Serve and more important, speak!
- Participate actively in the Table Topics segment, it will help you hone your improvisational skills.
- Even though you can only do one table topic on stage, you can run through the rest in your head. It’s a form of warm up.
Successfully speak in public
The Public Speaking Blog is an excellent source to help with your public speaking. Here are but a few helpful suggestions.