5 characteristics of expert speakers – It’s your time to shine
How to become an expert public speaker
During my career in public speaking, I’ve been privileged enough to see exceptional public speakers address thousands of people. I’ve watched them closely, watching body language, pitch, tone and overall delivery. I’ve noticed that great speakers have something in common. They use specific techniques to engage with the audience.
I’ve applied the techniques I’m about to reveal to you in my own public speaking career. At first, I found myself having to concentrate on using these techniques. Soon, I found myself including these techniques in my talks with very little effort. After years of practice, I include these techniques with very little effort.
Today, I want to show you how you can implement these techniques yourself, practice them so that you too can become an exceptional public speaker everyone wants at their next event.
The 5 common traits of exceptional public speakers
- Expert speakers engage the audience with powerful knowledge
One thing that has always impressed me about speakers like Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Mark Sham is that they have an in-depth understanding of the subject matter they talking about. They don’t only rely on their personal knowledge but constantly refer to their life experience and the experience and knowledge that they’ve received from their mentors, colleagues and friends.
So, when you’re preparing your presentation be sure to include short references that highlights your experience and knowledge of your field.
- Expert speakers share their own theories confidently
Great orators always refer to other experts in their field. But, they don’t always agree with them. When you’re addressing room full of people, be confident enough to disagree with others and explain exactly why you disagree. Show respect to your colleagues by saying things like, “While I appreciate Chris Hart’s views on the outlook of the economy, I have a different theory...”
Doing this shows that you’ve taken his comments on board, you’ve considered it but you respectfully disagree with it. This is a great way of commanding your field, your knowledge and your audience’s attention.
- Expert speakers show passion and emotion
I’ve heard many investment experts speak about the markets, politics and the economy in such a boring way that I literally struggled to keep my eyes open. Even though they knew what they were talking about, they failed at convincing people to buy into their views because they lacked passion.
I’m not saying you should jump around on the stage. But I am saying that you should vary the tone of your presentation. When you disagree with an opinion, be serious. When you explain your own theories, get excited about it. Maintain eye contact with your audience, ask them questions and when they answer, smile and even laugh. You’re not a robot, you’re a human speaking to humans, to use your emotions to drive your message.
- Expert speakers are creative
Great speakers create great presentations. They use just enough creativity to keep the audience engaged. You could decide to use a slide show with engage videos or images. But, the best speakers use their words to tell interesting stories and deliver simple messages in an exceptional way. Be creative when you speak to a crowd, use interesting props to grasp attention. Be careful not to overpower your audience with creativity and water down the message you need to bring across.
- Expert speakers embrace failure
I once watched as a speaker energetically rushed onto the stage, slipped and hit the deck hard. He immediately popped up, grabbed the microphone and said, “I’ve been wondering when that was going to happen to me?” The crowd burst into laughter, from that moment, they hung on to every word he said.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you’re only human. If you’re well prepared, willing to fail and willing to get up again, you’re in the right position to make a success of your speech.