Lisa Laporte in Entrepreneurs, Marketing, Business CEO • Artisanal Agency, LLC Oct 8, 2019 · 1 min read · 1.2K

4 Common Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid

4 Common Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid

Public speaking is a great opportunity and a platform to share ideas with the public. Public speakers, unfortunately, often make critical mistakes, which easily ruin the chances of making an impact and an impression on the audience. Mastering the art of public speaking requires one to be aware of such mistakes in order to avoid them at all costs when on stage.

Failure To Leverage Body Movements & Gestures

Inexperienced and tensed public speakers often make the mistake of appearing too timid on the presentation stage. This makes them highly unlikely to use the necessary body movement to help reinforce ideas. During a good presentation session, the public speaker should be able to move around the stage while using body gestures, such as hands and facial expressions, where necessary. Failure to use these non-verbal cues may make the entire session boring and monotonous.

Failing To Prepare In Advance

Preparation for a public speaking session is highly essential as it gives the speaker an opportunity to rehearse and gain confidence. During the preparation session, one should go through the enlisted points while also moderating the content to ensure that it is relevant to the audience. Allocating sufficient time to prepare for a public speaking forum ensures that one has an easy time during the actual presentation.

Content Regulation

Sometimes, presenters fail to put much time into regulating the kind of content that should be presented. Different public presentation forums call for the use of specific kinds of content. If the presentation session is targeted at arguing out a point, it may help to ensure that the content is well-balanced and packed with statistics and facts. Summarizing the content in the form of pictorial representation, such as a pie chart or graph, may help the audience understand better what one would have said in many words. 

Using Complex Terms

Presentations should not be platforms for one to showcase how one can use complex terminology to amaze the audience. Using complex terms on stage can easily mislead the audience on the subject matter. On the contrary, the presenter should use layman’s terms to ensure that everyone in the audience has an easier time following through. Every complex term used inevitably should be explained in simpler terms to win the audience’s hearts and understanding.

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Jerry Fletcher Oct 9, 2019 · #3

Lisa, Solid advice. One addition: Don't try to convince the people in the audience that don't seem to be agreeing with you. Speak to the ones that appear to be engaged.

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Kevin Baker Oct 9, 2019 · #1

All very good advise especially being over sophisticated to the audience as ostentatious.

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