He walked toward me at the end of a productive workshop. Shaking my hand, he asked question that was very familiar to me, one I often hear after teaching a public speaking class.
Fidgeting with a notebook and a pen, he said “I learned so much. I can’t help but want to go home and practice all of this week after week.”
A smile widened on my face as I told Joe that I was excited for his public speaking progress to continue at home.
For many, the path to becoming a better public speaker starts with them attending a public speaking class, but it should not end there. Weekly at-home practice is essential for confidence in public speaking, for putting techniques into motion, and for getting a grip on how you handle yourself as a speaker.
Here are three basic ways to practice and develop confidence in public speaking outside of the Improving Communications classroom:
A bonus of getting comfortable talking to a wall is the confidence you will be gaining in your own sound and in what you are saying, all without relying on the facial expressions of your audience for confirmation that you’re doing a good job.
Carve out an hour, or two, a week to give the tricks and tips you learned at your Improving Communications class a try. When you maintain a steady public speaking practice schedule you will develop a confidence in public speaking and be more prepared the next time you present.
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