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5 Public Speaking Tips To Become A Captivating Speaker

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Public Speaking Tips

Want to become a captivating speaker?

This video blog shares some of the best public speaking tips that have helped me become a captivating speaker.  These tips for public speaking have helped me speak at seminars, events and even YouTube videos.  Use these public speaking tips and you'll see a huge increase in your ability to speak in front of the room.

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Here are 5 public speaking tips for becoming a captivating speaker.

1. Experience Is King

The best and most important public speaking tip that I could give is to gain as much experience as possible.

Experience is king.  There is nothing that beats real-world practice and experience speaking in front of a crowd.

You can learn as much as you want through reading books or watching videos, but nothing will come close to the experience you gain speaking.  That is why it's beneficial to practice as much as you can.

If you want a safe environment to practice in front of, I recommend joining Toastmasters or find local public speaking groups in your city.

2. Model Captivating Public Speakers

One of the biggest things that helped me develop myself as a speaker (aside from gaining experience), is modelling other captivating public speakers.

I can't tell you how much time I've spent attending seminars and taking notes of the speaking styles of the speakers in front of me.  I've even spent time just watching speeches on YouTube of some of the people that I follow, such as Tony Robbins, and seeing how I can model the way that they speak.

By watching videos or attending seminars, you can see the mannerisms and body language of these speakers.  You can adopt the way they move, their gestures, posture, tonality, enthusiasm, etc…

Sometimes you can even practice speaking like them around your house, in front of an “imaginary audience”, pretending that you are the speaker you're trying to model.

3. Record Yourself Speaking

If you really want to improve your public speaking skills fast, try recording yourself speaking in front of a camera.

By recording yourself speaking, you'll see what you really look like while speaking.  You'll be able to see your body language, any nervous ticks you may have, as well as anything else you might want to correct.

Since recording video blogs every week for years, I've been able to see my weaknesses and improve them over time.  For example, in some of my videos you will see that I used to say “um” or “uh” or “you know” too much.  By recording myself, I've been able to notice those things and consciously improve them over time.  It's amazing how recording yourself can make a difference in your improvement!

4. Communicate With Passion And Excitement

Another public speaking tip that can help you is to communicate with passion and excitement.  Be enthusiastic while speaking.

Most people don't realize that most of communication is non-verbal.  In fact, a study was done that said that 93% of communication is non-verbal, while only 7% is verbal.

It's not what you say, it's how you say it.  You can make anything sound exciting and captivate an audience, if you are communicating with passion and excitement.

5. Have A Powerful WHY To Speak

Every time I record a video or speak in front of a crowd, I always make sure I have an empowering purpose or WHY to speak.  This elicits the passion and excitement for me to deliver the message that I want to share in a powerful way.

I usually ask myself…

Why is what I am about to share important?

Why do they need to hear this?

How will what I am going to share help others?

How can I serve these people at the highest level?

Why do I care about these people?  Why do I respect them?

By focusing on these questions, it gives me more of a purpose to want to help and serve others.  It allows me to tap into a different level of resourcefulness and creativity, which makes the way I speak more powerful and engaging.

Please leave a comment below or let me know any questions you have.  I'd love to hear what you think!

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5 Public Speaking Tips To Become A Captivating Speaker
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  • Tomorrow I’m going to do my first video blog. You gave me the confidence to proceed in going through with it and I’ll definitely use these tips. I’m very introverted so I’m worried how I’ll come across to the audience but I guess eventually I’ll break through that.

    • Awesome Damian! You know what? I am introverted too! But don’t worry about “how you come across”. That should never be your focus. That means you’re internal, not external. Instead, focus on how you can help these people and provide value to them. That is what your outcome should always be.

  • Hey Simon, I believe you can develop ANY one your abilities to be whatever you want to be. I think video is just a lot more powerful way to build trust, relationship and add value to your audience if you plan on doing video blogs. I wasn’t naturally a good speaker either, but I forced myself to learn and develop that skill and it has served me today.

  • I stumbled upon your site about a year ago and i wanted to thank you for introducing me to this positive way of thinking. I’ve had a compilation of notes and after purchasing your kindle mastery books i made a commitment and just recently published it and i’m so happy to be getting great feedback. I wanted to personally thank you and look forward to meeting you next time your in Southern California. Thanks Stefan.

    Mark – Author of Finding Happy http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OAZCQ3A

    • Hey Mark, thanks for the comment and I am so blessed to have been able to serve you!

  • Thanks for the comment James! That’s a great system you’ve got set up. Thanks for those tips too.

  • I believe in doing both. There are many opinions out there, but this is just mine!

    • Yeah probably true man – Build on strengths but some skills (like public speaking) are essential to learn despite it being a natural talent or not.

      Thanks for the advice Stefan – great insights as always

      Take care,

  • Doug Simmang

    Thanks for the terrific tips Stefan. What type of camera are you using to film your video blogs? Looks & sounds so great. Was such a nice surprise to meet you briefly at UPW in Dallas. Again, I was considering going to UPW 6 months ago and discovered your site with your detailed information on what to expect. After that, the decision to go was easy. What a life changing experience. Thank you for being the accelerant!

    • Hey Doug, I use the Canon t4i, but thinking of upgrading to the Panasonic GH4. It was great meeting you too, glad you had an awesome time!