Public speaking is something we cannot avoid in our life. The situation will arise when we are called upon to stand up and speak our minds out. When that situation comes are we ready deliver?
Think of the last time you spoke passionately about something to a friend or colleague. Chances are you weren’t feeling nervous or at a loss for words, and most likely you left little doubt about your feelings and position on the subject. When delivering your opening statement, create that same strong need for the jury to understand where you and your client stand. The stronger your desire is for them to listen, the less you’ll focus on yourself.
Then be sure to become familiar with it. If there are other speakers giving a presentation before you then take a look at them. Do they use their environment? What are they doing well? What are they doing poorly?
When you do any presentation (even if it’s a dry run in front of friends or family) ask for constructive feedback. Don’t be precious and consciously work on your weaknesses.
The first thing to remember is, it’s not as bad as it seems. If you find yourself thinking about how bad it will be to speak in public, stop! Do not think about what could go wrong. Also remember that the listening audience is not there to criticize you. They have gathered to listen to you speak. The listening audience is not there to pick apart your presentation skill classes. They are there because they feel that the information you are presenting is important to them.
Public speaking is a skill that is acquired. There will always be people who have the knack to talk but giving a speech in front of many people takes some time to get used to. We were all given that chance to speak in front of the crowd in school. At one time or another, we were asked to give an opinion or a case during debate. No student is spared from public speaking duties.
We all make mistakes. Even knowing this, we will all continue to make mistakes. What this means is that we need to become good at asking for forgiveness. The ability to say “I’m sorry” and to be believed is the key to starting to move beyond whatever we’ve done.
You might be thinking at this point “how do I give speeches like this?” The manual has all the information you need to follow. Plus, in the group, you will be assigned a mentor to help you through all your speeches.