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Four Public Speaking Myths That Keep Ruining Your Presentations

Myths are fat that clog up the arteries of truth. You will perform better and with greater confidence in any aspect of life when you have the facts on your side. This is also true when it comes to public speaking. In an article for Fast Company, Anett Grant shares four myths of public speaking that might hold you back:

  1. It’s all about personality.
  2. You should memorize the most important parts.
  3. The best way to connect is with emotion.
  4. You need to read your audience.

The Truth Helps

When it comes to public speaking, having in-born charisma is extremely helpful. But if you are a quiet person who typically avoids the spotlight, it is still possible to become a good public speaker with practice. In fact, even the people with charisma have to practice. Yes, everyone has different floors and roofs to the extent of their skills, but with practice, anyone can develop a public speaking skill.

In the pursuit of being fully prepared, you might try to memorize some of the most important parts of your presentation—do not do that. Memorization invites stilted delivery, which ends up hurting your message more than helping it. Instead, work with a loose structure: Know generally what you need to say, but leave it up to the moment to form the precise words. Trust yourself.

About connecting with emotion, Grant shares this:

While you may be able to find impromptu moments of inspiration every once in a while, it’s impossible to consistently fuel your presentations with emotion alone. Great speakers don’t need inspiration to be great. They’re great because they take their preparation seriously and are deliberate about every aspect of their speaking.

Lastly, “reading” the audience of your presentation matters, but it should not be the point upon which the presentation fixates. If you keep changing your train of thought in an attempt to chase audience interest, you only guarantee that no one will understand you. Instead, just focus on delivering the presentation that you carefully planned. But be willing to absorb feedback and learn afterward, of course.

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