5 Key Tips to Become a Powerful and Impactful Speaker

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Public speaking can be exhilarating but challenging at times. 

The power to move people, influence decisions and inspire change lies within the strength of our words and the way we deliver them.

But how do we ensure that our voice is not only heard but also leaves a lasting impression?

Public speaking requires more than just projecting your voice and memorizing a script.

It’s about creating a connection with your audience, sparking their curiosity and leaving them wanting more.

In essence, it’s about becoming an impactful speaker.

Today, we’re diving into the essence of impactful speaking.

These could help you become the speaker who not only commands attention but also creates a meaningful and lasting impression. 

These points are grounded in simplicity.

After all, as motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said,

Complexity is the enemy of execution.

So, whether you’re an aspiring speaker…

Or you’re looking to sharpen your skills…

These insights will equip you with the right tools to deliver a powerful and impactful speech. 

Let’s get started!

1. “Feel” your content, instead of just knowing it

A speaker’s job is not only to understand the subject but to truly feel it.

This is what we often refer to as the passion litmus test.

If you’re genuinely convinced about your topic, your conviction will radiate.

This is key to making it easier to convince your audience. 

Remember, understanding your subject and feeling passionate about it gives you an edge.

It allows you to effectively communicate the subject matter to your audience in a way that they can understand and appreciate.

2. Understand & Fulfill Your Audience’s Underlying Needs

It’s important to learn your audience’s needs and desires. 

Before you stand up to speak…

Try to understand who your audience is – what they want and how they might respond to your content.

This understanding allows you to tailor your speech to better cater to your audience.

And it would lead to a higher level of engagement and satisfaction. 

Effective communication is, after all, a two-way street.

3. Constantly Challenge Yourself to Visualize Speaking to a Larger Crowd

Practice visualizing your speech. 

But don’t just imagine speaking to the audience at hand. 

Visualize yourself speaking before a larger crowd. 

This exercise encourages you to think bigger…

Prepare for larger audiences…

And continually challenge your public speaking skills.

4. Gun for an “Instructive” Speech, Rather Than an “Attractive” One

Aim for a speech that is both educational (instructive) and palatable (attractive) for your audience. 

You must strike a balance between content and delivery skills. 

Delivering real value through actionable and insightful content will resonate more with your audience than a speech that’s solely focused on keeping the audience entertained.

5. Be Stingy with the Word “Sorry”

Apologizing during a speech should be done appropriately and sparingly.

Avoid frequent apologies, such as 

Sorry, I’ve forgotten my line.” 

or “Sorry, I ran out of time.” 

Instead of frequently saying sorry, consider reframing your language.

Respect your audience’s time and ask for their understanding in a more courteous way. 

For example, instead of saying, 

Sorry, I ran out of time,” 

Say, “I see my time is up. Out of respect for your time, may I take an extra three minutes to wrap up my speech?

This not only helps to maintain your credibility but also enhances your respect for the audience.

The Path to Becoming a Powerful Speaker

Mastering these 5 key points will set you on the path to becoming a powerful and impactful speaker.

The journey may be challenging, but remember that every step you take brings you closer to becoming the speaker you aspire to be. 

The power of change lies within you, and your words have the potential to create a lasting impact.

Remember, simplicity is key, and authenticity is your secret weapon.

Here’s to your journey towards becoming a compelling and influential speaker!

By the way, if you want to start developing your speaking confidence and effective communication skills, here are 3 ways we can help:

Express to Impress – A best-selling effective speaking book where you’ll learn speaking techniques that you can use to speak confidently at work, training or any other speaking occasion. Written based on 13 years of real-world experience.

Effective Speaking Survival Guide – A 6-step online video training. Discover how to go from average to being able to speak confidently by learning how to turn your smartphone into your personal coach.

Contagious Communicator – A comprehensive online training with over 102 video lessons. Designed to help you master the 8 core foundations of effective speaking and learn techniques to conquer your fear of speaking in front of a group or crowd.

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