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To begin your desired career as a public speaker, you first need experience. You may not be paid for these activities, but they can help build your reputation as a speaker. Activities that allow you to practice public speaking can help you overcome nervousness, build confidence and increase the likelihood of being asked to speak again. Speaking at public events and making conversation are among ways that you can develop your ability to ad-lib, while preparing notes in different formats could instill greater memory retention. Before you start, there are a few things you should do.

It is important to see what others see when you speak. Watching videos of your past speeches can offer insight. When watching videos, evaluate your eye contact, voice projection, posture and confidence. Address all of your unconscious mannerisms, so you can stop being distracting to future audiences.

Here are ways to find forums in which to speak. You can do that by attending various public meetings like :

  • school board
  • city council meetings
  • open microphone opportunities that could help you practice public speaking.
  • Joining or creating your own speaking club.

Public speaking is a skill which improves a person’s confidence and abilities in so many areas. Setting up a public speaking group, is a life-changing experience, particularly if the group includes young people. This will help build confidence, and skills developed can be transferred to many other parts of a person’s life. People may hear you speak, and want to hire you to speak at their event. It’s a great forum for a beginner. Here are some steps to build the group, and help get experience you need as a beginner.

  • Research to see if any other groups like this exist in your area. If they do, check their websites and establish contact with them. The help you may get from another group leader can be very helpful. Establish the way you are going to finance your group. The costs will probably be small especially in the beginning. You may need to ask for a small contribution from each member to pay for the room and minor incidental expenses, but your overhead will be low.
  • Find a place to meet. A local hall may be available at an affordable cost or even a school gymnasium in the off season. Decide how frequently you want to meet, establish meeting etiquette, and some ideas on the form of constructive criticism you will use. You may decide that each member speaks for a short period at each meeting. Decide on a few opening subjects to prepare speeches for.
  • Find places to get good members from. You may advertise in schools, local newspapers or radio. Create a website. Websites are generally one of the best ways of communicating with members, other speaking groups, and interested members of the public. Decide how many you want in your group. If you have about 20, this will make up for occasional absences, and leave enough of an audience for constructive criticism from peers.

Now you can begin holding your meetings. You will find that this is a great opportunity for you to grow as a speaker, and establish yourself as a leader and authority on speaking. It’s a great venue for a beginning speaker.


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