Qualities of a Good Public Speaker

Let’s face it. Not many people are blessed with the gift of gab. Some even abhor the thought of having to face an audience to relate anything verbally. However, surely there are a lot of people who would like to master this skill.

Public speaking is not an easy task. But the good news is that it is not impossible to learn how to be good at it. You can learn and pick up the qualities of a good public speaker in order to become one yourself eventually. Here are the traits that you should learn or adopt if you are planning to become an effective public speaker:

1. Resourceful.

A public speaker cannot merely rely on his or her personal knowledge or experiences. Knowing where to acquire new information and how to get it so that you can relay them to your audience easily is one quality of an excellent public speaker. The preparation a good speaker makes only focus on his speech. Knowing an audience’s interests and level of knowledge is also a part of his resourcefulness.

A speaker who is resourceful always knows how to use simple visual aids or items to evoke more interest from his or her audience.

2. Keeps up with knowledge.

A very good public speaker is always thirsty for new information. You should be constantly reading, attending seminars or doing any other kind of activities that would enrich your knowledge.

3. Humorous.

Oftentimes, it’s the sense of humor of the speaker that makes his or her speech a easier to comprehend and remember. Incorporating a few jokes that would tickle your audience can very well assist you in conveying the message of your speech more effectively. No one likes a boring speaker.

4. Confident.

Who would enjoy listening to a stutterer giving a speech?  When you are in front of an audience, you need to appear confident (even if you are nervous).  NEVER admit to your audience that you are feeling nervous.  Simply smile and relax and deliver your speech.  Remember that the audience sees you as the expert in what you are speaking on.  Knowing this can give you the confidence to speak from a position of authority.

5. Has a way with words.

A public speaker cannot be effective if he or she has a very limited vocabulary.  But it’s not the wide array of high-soundin terms that makes a speech effective.  You need to know how to use “moving” words.  “Moving” words are those that touch a certain segment of people, e.g. the term “jerks” means something negative for teenagers.  Research on your audience and find out what moves them.  It can be words, stories, facts from their history or culture etc.