One of the most persistent misconceptions on public speaking is that all public speakers are, or rather, must be, extroverts. When people are nervous about public speaking themselves, which is very common, they tend to think it must be tenfold worse for introverts. However, there is no real reason why introverts cannot be public speakers!
Speakersbase has compiled a non-exhaustive list of tips and tricks to remember as an introverted public speaker. Time to get on that stage and get even better!
Remember that it is not about you. You are on stage to help the audience. It is not about your personal fame or glory. When you change personal perspective on the public speaking as whole, everything will seem less daunting. You will be less nervous and anxious at the thought of speaking in front of dozens or hundreds of people. Because they are not necessarily here for you, but rather for your insights and knowledge.
You are in control
While in a conversation everyone has equal right to speak, this effectively means that it is survival of the fastest speaker. And introverts might get the short end of the stick when extroverts get excited. When you are on a stage by yourself, you are in control. No one will interrupt you – granted, you need to stay within time, or that might just happen. The stage is yours, and you have everyone’s undivided attention.
Public speaking is a performance. While you might be telling everyone things that are very true and very personal, you are still not being yourself. You are speaking about yourself. Not as yourself. A small distinction that will help you to perform your best show on that stage. Some introverted public speakers even like to assume a character that is slightly not like their true self, which makes it easier and more comfortable to present.
A classic tip, but it is as true today as it was the first time someone said it: You have as much time as you want or need to prepare for this performance. You are not thinking up this speech as you go along! Oh no, most introverts like to prepare and spend time in silence to think up the perfect witty remark and turn of phrase to lift this talk from good to great. Use the time given to you and prepare this speech! Usually speeches are booked months before the actual date, so chances are that you have quite a lot of time to perfect it.
A lot of introverts fear speaking up because they think people might find what they have to say silly or pointless. That is not the case when you are a public speaker. These people choose to be there, and sometimes they paid money to be there! They are interested in what you have to say from the start! All you have to do is get up there and speak to them about what you promised to speak. That’s it.
One of the best tips we can give you is to find your purpose. Why do you speak? Why do you feel like you need to be on that stage and speak? It can be because you enjoy performing, or because you feel like your knowledge can benefit others. Anything, really. If it is what motivates you, it is now wrong. And it is commendable that you want to get up there either way, you are putting yourself out there to the scrutiny of the audience. Your purpose will make that step more natural every time.
These six tips can help you to give better speeches, as they address some of the issues that introverted public speakers deal with. In fact, there is no reason not to get on stage! Your expertise will definitely be appreciated.
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