Being able to grasp the attention of your audience is one of the sole purposes of public speaking. Imagine standing on stage and reciting all your points with passion and determination, but your audience is just staring blankly back at you. Quite sad if you think about it! Of course, when you walk up the stage and start your speech, you want nothing more than the audience keeping track of what you are saying. If you have ever experienced something like this, maybe it’s time to switch things up. In this blog post, Ebright will share 3 tips on how to be expressive in public speaking.
It is no secret that the aim to grab the attention of your audience is a difficult thing to do. That’s why great public speakers spent so much time perfecting their performance in order to be more influential and interesting to watch. But fret not! You can also be one of these bunch just by practicing the tips given as below.
1. Use Your Voice
Your voice is the key factor when trying to get the attention of your audience. Picture this, you’re talking on stage about something you than can change the world, but your tone sounds indifferent. Even though your points are great, people won’t lend their ears to listen to your points because you didn’t sound as expressive as your points are supposed be. Instead, try changing your voice to a high or low volume to stress on certain points. You can also change the pacing of your voice as this creates suspense or a sense of urgency. By doing so, you can actively convey how you feel to the audience.
2. Use Facial Expression
This seems like a simple step but most people are too concerned with what their points and presentation to actually use facial expressions. Facial expression is one of the keyways on how to express your emotions while delivering your speech. This adds a sentimental value to your performance so when you are delivering with such emotions, you’ll get your audience hooked up pretty quickly. Your face must reflect how you feel. Your mouth, eyes and even eyebrows play an important role to convince your audience. To practice, you can look in the mirror and try making expressions when talking about specific things. This way, you can learn how to control them when you are presenting.
3. Use Body Language
Your body language comprises your hand gesture, posture and even how you walk around the stage. It’s a huge element that makes up your speech, as this is what your audience will be looking at mostly when you are on stage, delivering that speech. Here’s a tip: different body langue will portray different emotion. How you stand how you move your hands will impact your speech greatly. So if you want to be more expressive, don’t forget to use your hands when mentioning specific things, so it can special whenever you mentioned that one point only.
It’s easy to just stand on the stage and recite your speech as planned. The next step is to try and implement these tips in order for you to become more expressive! The more you share your emotions on stage, the better rapport you will have with your audience, creating a great bond. Don’t be afraid to express your emotions!