Weekly Ways to Practice Public Speaking Techniques

WRITTEN March 14, 2019 Author: Jen Glantz

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.

“But, how can I practice without having an Improving Communications trainer by my side?”

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:

  1. Talk to the Wall
    Don’t wait for your next chance to be up in front of an audience to practice building confidence in public speaking. Use a wall or a mirror as the “pretend” audience. Practice holding positive body language, extending your vocal range, and maintaining strong facial expressions, all while talking out loud.

    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.

  2. Record Yourself
    Use your phone to record yourself speaking for two minutes each day. Listen back to listen for verbal tics and fillers (words such as like, um, uh, right, etc.) and listen to the quality of your tone. Take note of how you can add more movement to your voice or change your speed. After a month, listen to older recordings and hear your progress!
  3. Learn from Good Examples
    Spend quality time watching videos of impressive public speakers. Choose from TED Talks, YouTube videos of famous speeches from our history, or even a stand-up comedy special on Netflix. Notice how these speakers capture your attention. Find ways to integrate their strengths into your speaking technique.

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.

Learn more about our Introductory or Advanced Presentation Skills training classes or find other tools for your life on our public classes list to see all of our upcoming seminars.

Image by Spencer Garner from Pixabay 

Other Resources:

9 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Practice Public Speaking

Speech Practice: For Great Public Speaking, A Little Daily Practice Goes a Long Way

3 Not-So-Terrifying Ways to Practice Public Speaking

9 Ways That Anyone Can Become A Better Public Speaker

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