If you want to improve your public speaking skills, you must avoid the top speaking mistakes that cause audiences to consistently complain. These are the top 4 audience complaints when listening to a speaker or presenter:
1. Boring, Monotone Voice
Nothing is worse than being trapped in your seat listening to a monotone speaker drone on and on. Even if you have great information to share with your audience, they will tune you out if you have a boring voice.
How do you combat a boring voice? The best way to avoid a monotone voice is to be passionate about your topic. Passionate presenters are never monotone or boring. You should also experiment with changing your volume and your pitch while you speak. Throw in dramatic pauses at key points in your speech to heighten the audience’s interest.
2. Can’t Hear/Understand The Speaker
Another frequent audience complaint is not being able to hear or understand the speaker. The simple solution to this complaint is to test your sound system before your speech and to project your voice louder than what you think is necessary.
While talking loudly is necessary, it is not enough. When people get nervous (as most people do before delivering a speech), they have a tendency to talk faster. Many audiences can hear a speaker just fine, but can’t understand him because he’s zipping through his speech at a blistering pace! In your own speeches, be sure to talk slowly and enunciate your words fully.
3. Not Enough Eye Contact
Audiences want to feel a connection to the speaker while listening to a presentation. The easiest way to connect with your audience is to make eye contact with them. When you lock eyes with a member of the audience, that audience member will instantly pay more attention to your speech and feel a greater connection with you.
When shifting your gaze around the room, a good rule of thumb I tell my clients is to pretend you’re making eye contact with a stranger walking down the street. Making eye contact for a few seconds is friendly, but making eye contact for a few minutes is creepy. Make eye contact with a member of the audience for a few seconds, and then shift your gaze to someone else and repeat the process again.
Although these mistakes are easy to correct, it is shocking how many speakers make them again and again. If you want to improve your speaking skills, the first step is to avoid having your audience complain about you!
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