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Are you an introvert and an aspiring public speaker? 5 public speaking tips for introverts.

Introverts are thought to be shy and naive people. Even though this isn’t always the case, they’re usually the quiet type that make better listeners than talkers. While listening, they’re able to understand the other person’s need by paying proper attention and relating with their story through deep thoughts and feelings.

public speaking isn’t something ‘seemingly’ natural to an introvert because they’re naturally inwards. They like to work in the background rather than put themselves out there. They shy away from the spotlight. Public speaking is perceived to be only for the extroverts ofcourse for the obvious reasons. They’re outgoing, more expressive and they love crowd. Infact, that energizes them.

Being an introvert myself, I’m not usually the type to bring myself forward nor am I the type to raise my hand in class to answer questions. Even though most of the times I’d know the answers but I’d prefer to whisper it to someone else to respond.

One thing I’ve discovered is, most introverts I meet are actually gifted public speakers! Yes that’s true. I’ve met some with exceptional sense of humor that they could pass as stand-up comedians. I’ve met others whose oratory prowess is over-the roof. It infact took me years to embrace the public-speaking part of me cos I love the behind-the scenes.

I remember when I first participated in a school debate, I literally wanted the ground to open up and swallow me. I died of anxiety before I could present my speech. I was shivering madly. Even though I pulled through, I concluded I wasn’t going to ever participate in such competitions anymore. Anyways, that wasn’t all up to me cos fast forward today, I speak publicly!

I was able to grow myself into a more confident public speaker cos I knew I had it in me. I was able to understand that introverts speak too, pretty well. Incase you don’t know, former US President Barack Obama is an introvert. Is he a fantastic public speaker? You know the answer. Need I mention more?

Even though introverts have natural quiet traits, they can also make great public speakers. They can act out of character and deliver outstanding presentations.

In this post, I’m going to share with you 5 public speaking tips for introverts, that helped my journey. Life is work-in-progress  and we’re here to share and learn. Let’s get started shall we? Number 1…

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  • Practice:  I usually made a lot of videos with my phone, speaking. And I’ll watch later and make corrections. You can record yourself with your phone, laptop, iPad, talking about something you’re knowledgeable about. When you’re done, watch your clip and take note of your facial expressions, body language, words, and movements. Keep fine-tuning yourself. You can also use your mirror and imagine yourself speaking to people too. Practice makes perfection right? So Keep practicing.
  • Choose a niche (topic) you’re most comfortable with, and knowledgeable about:  You can’t call me to speak on political issues. Even though I might have some knowledge on that, I wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about politics. You need to speak on topics that you can relate yourself and your brand with and that you have message on.
  • Prepare:  Performance anxiety also known as stage fright gets a grip of even the most experienced public speaker. It’s something we all work on everyday. Have you ever gone suddenly dumb immediately you climb up a podium to face an audience? Scary right? That’s why you need to prepare. IMG_6068It’s important to be mentally prepared so that you can speak well and your audience can understand your message. If you don’t get what I mean, you should look up tip 1 and 2 again.
  • Dress appropriately and be cheerful: You know that saying about looking good and feeling good? And dressing for an occasion? Yea. You need to apply that in any public speaking event. This not only boosts your confidence, but you’ll be addressed better. You have to look the part.  You also need to be cheerful and put on a smiling face. You don’t wanna go up there looking like you’re in a fight with someone. You don’t have to sound funny if you’re not funny. 6669DCCC-C9C2-4B43-A25C-8B02103EE0D2-400-0000006C05187DF5Just sound interesting!  You are communicating and so you need to have people actually listen to what you have to say. Smiling is affirmative. It helps you relax and fights your anxiety. Taking occasional smiles helps your audience relax and connect better with you.
  • Be yourself: Perhaps you’ve probably been watching fiery speakers and now you’re trying to be like them. No you’re trying to Underrate yourself! The best thing you can do for yourself as an aspiring speaker is to own your own voice and let people come to terms with your personality. Everyone’s unique. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t learn from mentors, no that’s not what I mean. I’m saying, keep your own voice and personality but learn how they have made a niche in that field. Be who you are, don’t trade that.

Introverts are amazing speakers because they’re deep thinkers and feelers. This helps them articulate their message really well and connect that message with their audience. And because most introverts are writers, their outlines and presentations are not only beautifully thought out but artfully written. They do the background work.

Public speaking can be amazing as it presents you the opportunity to showcase your talent. If you’re an introvert and love public speaking, don’t be afraid to go out there, cut a shot and nail it!

Ps: Are you a public speaker or aspiring? Did you find this post useful? Let’s discuss some more in the comment section and don’t forget to share (You don’t know who may really need this) and connect with me too.

With ❤️

Jessica Hugo.

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31 thoughts on “Are you an introvert and an aspiring public speaker? 5 public speaking tips for introverts.”

  1. Hi Jessica,
    I find this very useful and informative. I have just stepped into path of Public speaking and have joined the Toast Masters. It is a platform which gives you the time, place and audience with whom you can share your experiences, knowledge and ideas in the form of speeches and learn and grow from what others have to share.
    Can I reblog this please ?
    Like you say Life is work-in-progress

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  2. I have always gotten extremely nervous when presenting a speech in front of people. My body goes in to panic mode and usually shake a bit! This post helped break it down into a few steps – thank you!

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    1. Thanks Hannah for reading. Stage fright gets a grip of most of us sometimes but you have to consciously work on it and appear confident. This tips helped me and still helps a lot and I think you should apply it too.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, Jessica. I aspire to be a speaker someday. I didn’t think I could practice by recording myself on the phone. I will definitely try it. Thanks for the tip!
    And being prepared truly makes thinks so much better. When you are not prepared for anything, you will likely be nervous. Useful tips!

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    1. Thanks Presh, it is true preparation helps a lot. You can take on anything if you’re well prepared. And oh yes!!! Video-recording on your phone helps a lot. Atleast you can watch yourself speak and know if it appeals to you and where you can improve. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Your posts are always like speaking to me and this is not an exception. Practice is really important. Another thing I have learnt is practicing with a small group of people…maybe friends of your kids or siblings…basically starting within your circle…just to see what it feels like to be talking to people and their feedback/expression tells how engaging you are.

    Even the popular speakers still say they deal with stage fright each time they have to speak because as you go the audience grows bigger but it is important to keep practicing, developing yourself and read more.

    There is a tip about breaking the ice with a joke to ease the tension. I feel that’s a good one to as long as the joke goes as planned…lol.

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    1. You’re so right IJ, stage fright gets a grip of most of us but with time, you’re able to manage it better as you keep improving.

      What matters is, you keep practicing. In front of mirror, any device, close knit family and friends, etc. In school while preparing for debates, I usually practiced and revised my speech in front of flowers! Lol

      And yes! Throwing in some jokes here and there helps the audience relax and connect with you better. But you mustn’t sound funny if you don’t know how to. Keep your speech interesting I’d say.

      Thanks a lot for your comment, I’m pleased I’m speaking to you too! Lol. 👌🏻❤️️

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    1. That’s true, that’s why you should take the smiles occasionally. You don’t want to appear too serious either. Smile helps you relax and connect in some way.
      Thanks for your comment, I really do appreciate.

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  5. Dear Jessica, thank you so much for your tips. I do not know if I am introvert, but I was always kind of scared to stand out! I am getting out of my comfort zone these times and, public speaking is definitely something what I have to do.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thankyou somuch for reading! We should do those things we’re scared to do and move out of our comfort zones. It helps us discover ourselves more, and grow. You never know your strengths until you try sthg new.

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