Everyone knows that a good speech is hard work, possibly lasting weeks or months. But the audience doesn't want to know that, as strange as it sounds. For the audience, it has to look as if it all comes easily and effortlessly. The speaker can sweat, he can forget everything around him, he can hop and jump and run if that suits his nature and the topic. It can also be exhausting, but it must never look exhausting. Because authenticity is important.
Rhetoric tips from the pros:
Incorporate as many stories and visual comparisons as possible into a speech or presentation, as the content is then better remembered.
Tell your stories in the present tense - the effect is correspondingly greater. Past or future tenses have a distancing effect, the present tense allows the listener to experience the story more concretely.
Think about an opener that immediately attracts attention. The last sentence should also be consciously considered in advance. Only with the right conclusion will what has been said have a lasting effect.
How do you get stage fright under control?
Nervousness is completely normal, it is simply part of it and expresses a certain seriousness. It creates presence and shows respect for the audience. But here too: The speaker's nervousness only bothers you if it also bothers the speaker. What many people don't realise: Most of the things that make up nervousness go unnoticed by the audience.
Being aware of your own breathing is often the best way to control your nervousness. All you need to do is concentrate on your own breathing for a minute. This is a proven mindfulness exercise.
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