Published on July 24th, 2018 | by Jose Vasquez0
5 Tips for Being a Better Public Speaker in Startup Tech Companies
Public speaking is a vital skill for entrepreneurs.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll be doing your share of public speaking, even if you plan on spending most of your days isolated in your office, working on your app or independent projects. You’ll need to present your startup idea to prospective investors and partners, talk in front of your team at meetings, and eventually give press conferences on behalf of your brand.
So what can you do to become a better public speaker?
- Master your core subject material. Make sure you immerse yourself in your core material before you ever speak in front of anybody. If you’re presenting your business plan, know it inside and out. If you’re talking with the team, have a good idea about your main talking points before you start the meeting. Knowledge will make you more confident, and decrease the possibility of slip-ups.
- Learn to make eye contact with different crowds. Eye contact is a powerful way to show confidence and make your speech more powerful. Practice making eye contact with groups of different sizes so you feel comfortable with it no matter what.
- Speak slowly and deliberately. Learn to pace your speaking with a slow, deliberate style. Not only will it make you sound smarter and more organized, it will also give you more time to find the right words.
- Meet more people. Spend a lot of time at networking events, and make yourself meet new people on a regular basis. You’ll get more time to practice your conversational speaking skills, and you’ll be exposed to more styles of speech you can incorporate into your own personal style.
- Practice. Finally, practice makes perfect. Spend some time in front of a mirror or a camera and learn how your vocal inflections and body language sound. Work on the weak points until they disappear.
In time, even the meekest public speakers can become adept at speaking in front of a crowd. Stick with it and eventually you’ll wonder why you were ever nervous in the first place. If you’re looking to boost your own public speaking skills, or build a reputation for your startup, contact me today!