Being a speaker is not easy, as well as it is quite challenging to become a professional speaker. You cannot disagree that not everyone can do it. However, even people having significant speaking issues and disorders or those who lack self-confidence can do it when putting in enough effort and having a genuine wish.
Each professional speaker is not just talented and keeps working on himself endlessly. These people have strong habits and self-discipline; otherwise, they would never become so successful. Keeping the interest of your audience is not easy, but just talent is not enough.
If you want to learn how to become one of those professional speakers and what they used to do for being interesting and of high demand, check these must-know seven habits of professional speakers and see whether you can do the same.
1. Keep your listeners in mind
No matter what you are telling your audience about and how important the information you deliver is, it won’t make sense if you don’t think about your listeners. If you are very professional and use specific vocabulary but speak for people who have no this specific knowledge, you will hardly be perceived well.
For example, if your text contains medical terms that are understandable only to medical workers and doctors, it’s useless to deliver this information to students who are looking for an answer to the question “How to do my paper in architecture.” So, rule number one is to always think of your listeners.
Always bear in the mind age category, profession, level of education, range of interests, and even the region they live in. All these factors play a huge role in what you should tell and how you will sound.
2. Be accurate about your topics
Sometimes, you can see very “loud” topics, and people want to come and listen to the lecture or seminar. However, lots of audiences are disappointed with what they hear there because the content the speaker says does not reflect the topic claimed.
This is a failure. Effective speakers should always be accurate about their themes and topics, and it is really important to deliver information people expect to get. It is much better for people to say that they received much more than expected rather than be disappointed for wasting their money or time.
If you are going to speak about something, make the topic reflect exact content. Of course, the topic of your lecture, seminar, or webinar should not be boring, but it must clearly let your listeners know what they are going to listen to. If your topic is named “7 Ways to avoid poverty”, there is no need to tell people about how to earn money and vice versa. Work not only on content but on the topic that reflects exactly what you are going to speak about.
3. Interact with your audience
All strong speakers have a good connection with their audience. If you just speak non-stop, no one will be interested in it, unfortunately. You must:
- have eye contact;
- interact with your audience by asking questions;
- have a clean and accurate speech and intonation.
Realize that people are not interested in listening to a plain and monotonous text. They want a show, and you must give it interacting with them. Ask questions, say jokes if they are appropriate for the topic of your speech, give them feedback. Do not lose the eyes of your audience and always keep their interest. Someone who just comes to read his lecture or speech monotonously is never interested even though the information is really important.
4. Respect the time of your listeners
Time is precious both for you and for your listeners. No matter how important you are, you should respect their time, as well as yours. For example, if people come to listen to your speech about nanotechnologies in cancer treatment, it wouldn’t be good to joke around half of your lecture.
Yes, engaging your audience is crucial, but it’s not good to do it instead of giving people what they want to get and what they paid for. If your speech is scheduled for 5 pm, don’t allow yourself to start at 5.10 pm. People have come on time, and they want you to come on time too.
Even if you are busy and have many things to do, you should start on time and finish on time. If people expect to hear a one-hour speech, it doesn’t have to last only 45 minutes. Of course, technical issues happen, but they don’t have to be systematic. Apologize and start the soonest as.
If you start later than was planned, you should prolong the time of your speech and speak as long as your audience expects. Do not steal their time and respect people who come to listen to you. Your disrespect may lead to the loss of trust.
5. Show up beforehand
This is the continuation of rule number 4. In order not to lose the trust of your listeners, you should not be late. Just develop a habit of showing up earlier than your speech should start. A good motivational speaker always comes earlier to check all technical nuances.
It is not difficult to show up at least thirty minutes in advance and arrange and adjust everything to start on time. You will not lose much time, but your audience will be very thankful for that. It is something that brings you respect and appreciation for your listeners.
6. Use real-life examples
Regardless of the topic of your speech, you should always think of real-life examples. People adore different stories, examples, and even anecdotes from true life. When working on the preparation of your speech, support each of the arguments with such examples.
People also adore allegories. If you are speaking about something complicated, for example, psychology or math, lots of people find it difficult to understand the statements. You can think of a very simple and understandable allegory that would make your audience understand what you mean.
Whenever you mention arguments, support them with real-life examples or allegories to make everything much easier. Do not complicate things because people tend to follow people who explain everything in their language and very simple words.