The Power Of An Engaging Speaker

How to be a More Magnetic Speaker

No one is a magnetic speaker the first time they step on the stage. It takes practice and trial and error to not only be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd but be good at it as well.  Luckily, there are no “secrets” on how to improve your impact as a speaker, just a few simple things to remember.  

Be Authentic

You can’t engage with your audience if you aren’t present. If those in the crowd feel like you are simply going through the motions or presenting an act they will shut off immediately. They didn’t come to watch a show they came to hear what you have to say. 

Let the audience get to know you. The best way to make your points resonate is to relate them to your personal experiences. Show off your personality, and your sense of humor. The more the audience warms to you the more likely they are to listen to you. 

Authenticity doesn’t always come easy. Take time to think about the aspects of your personality that will help you best connect with the audience. Consider weakness may have that could make it hard to be authentic. Take time to practice to find what works, what doesn’t, and what makes you the most comfortable. 

Be Confident

A confident speaker commands the room. Does that mean they are actually confident? In many cases, nope, not at all. But they know how to give off an aura of confidence. You can too by doing a few simple things. 

  • Slow down.  The faster you speak the more nervous you appear. 
  • Stand up. Don’t slouch. Keeping your head up and shoulders back is an instant confidence boost. 
  • Speak up. Muttering, or the appearance of muttering, tells the crowd you aren’t very sure of yourself. 
  • Smile. I HATE being told to smile. In this instance though, it’s advice I will take. A smile relaxes your face and tells the world you are calm in your circumstance. 

Be Energetic

When you are speaking you are responsible for not only your energy level, but the energy level of the entire room. If you let it fall you are at risk of losing the audience’s attention. Also, your energy level tells the audience how interested you are in the topic. If you can’t get excited about it then why should they? 

Tell Stories

Storytelling is the universal way humans communicate. By weaving narratives you pull people in and hold their attention. They also make it easier for the audience to follow along and relate to the concepts being presented.  Storytelling also gives you more opportunities to showcase your sense or humor or inject a sense of wonder or awe into the situation.  

Engage with Your Audience

You aren’t talking to yourself. Acknowledge the people in the room. Respond when they laugh or react to what you have said. Make eye contact with those in the crowd. A magnetic speaker makes it feel less like a lecture and more like a conversation. Not only will your interaction make people pay attention, but it may make you feel more comfortable and confident. 

You can be a magnetic speaker. Take these tips and build on them as you gain more experiences as a speaker. Watch your favorite speakers and see what they do that helps them enrapture the audience.  Try using those techniques to your advantage. Above all else, don’t give up. Every time you step on the stage is another opportunity to be amazing.