The public speaker or master of ceremonies must appear in control and confident, even if they aren’t. I attended a lavish function that was hosted by someone without a lot of experience. They were well known around town and a good person. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere and most were hoping he would do well. WE expected their public speaking skills to be good.
Public speaking skills and confidence
But the moment he or she arrived on stage, it was obvious he wasn’t ready for his public speaking job.
He looked nervous. He made mistakes during his introduction, which he read entirely from his script. He didn’t look up at the audience at any stage.
Now, to make matters worse, he told a joke that fell flat, which further eroded his confidence. Ah, by the way, he sort of prepared us for the disaster by saying at the start that this was his first go as a host, so wish me luck. How bad is that?
The lack of public speaking skills didn’t just affect the host but the entire audience as well. Because, the crowd felt awkward and embarrassed, which means the evening began on a very tense note and it’s often difficult to retrieve the situation from there. So, this particular person simply wasn’t ready for the job and, of course, he lacked confidence as well.
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No time for nerves on stage
Now, you must be capable of fixing problems on the run during your public speaking, as they occur throughout the evening. Problems like a faulty microphone, a guest not in the room as you introduce them, incorrect details on the running sheet or a video clip failing to play. Now, your job is to make sure that whatever the issue, it’s attended to in as smooth a fashion as possible. There’s no point in panicking. Good hosts or public speakers will either make a joke about the mistake or cover it up and move smoothly into the next segment.
Now, a faulty microphone during your public speaking experience is one of the most common problems that can occur and instead of panicking and telling everyone the microphone isn’t working, why not try something clever, like this: When the microphone goes dead, walk down into the crowd, grab the nearest person, take them back on stage and ask them if they know anything about microphones and how to fix them. By the time all of this has happened, hopefully, the sound technician has fixed the problem and the audience is laughing with you. Think about what could go wrong during your public speaking engagement and make sure you always have a particular plan of attack.
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