Are you wanting to learn better public speaking skills but don’t know where to start? 

There are literally 101 ways to become a better public speaker, but if you can master the top 5 most important skills, you will become more confident and compelling faster if you implement these first!  

So in this blog, I’m going to give you a short cut to success by teaching you the top 5 public speaking skills in the next 5 mins! 



Here are the top 5 Skills that will help you improve your public speaking faster…

1. Increase empathy
2. Improve focus
3. Increase trust
4. Build anticipation
5. Get the audience’s attention fast…



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Look, you may think that some people are born with the “gift of the gab”, as my grand dad would say, and therefore they are naturally good at speaking or performing. But what I want you to understand is this: People are not actually born with some sort of magical talent for public speaking.

There is a reason we call this Public Speaking SKILL and not Public Speaking TALENT. Every skill takes time and patience and repetition to really master…And public speaking is no exception. 

So on this blog, let’s work on those Top 5 Skills that will help you improve your public speaking faster. 



1. Increasing Empathy     .

When the audience feels a connection with us as we speak, they start to feel rapport with you and start paying more attention to what you are saying. When the speaker does something as simple as head tilting, it puts the speaker and the audience on the same page. It’s a simple head tilt. A head tilt increases empathy.  

When we are honestly interested in something the other person is saying, we tend to tilt our head out of curiosity. This makes the listener feel far more connected and part of the conversation. It really feels like the speaker is truly interested in the person in front of them. The audience feels like they are being talked WITH, not being talked AT. Talking AT your audience is the fastest way to lose their attention. So, where possible add a head tilt and watch your audience engagement improve. 


2. Improve Focus 

When we are speaking, if we speak too fast or too slow for any length of time, it makes it harder for people to stay focused on what you are saying. When you speak too slowly, people will get bored and switch off. If we speak too fast on the other hand makes it really hard for people to follow the flow of ideas. Either approach makes the brain work too hard. 

So, what you need to do is this: Change the pace. This helps improve focus of your audience. One sentence can be spoken much faster and punchier to get the energy of the room lifted, but then, you want to suddenly slow down, that way the audience gets to assimilate the points you are trying to make. Change up the pace and it will keep your audience on their toes and increase their focus on your message. 


3. Increase Trust 

It’s a well-known tactic that some aggressors use their physical size and/or height to violate your physical space and intimidate you. By standing and towering over you, they hope to achieve a sense of superiority and psychological dominance at your expense. Think of this familiar scene in a movie: the weaker character will suddenly be confronted by a HUGE giant of a man standing over them with a menacing look on his face while the smaller character shrinks back even smaller at the blatant power play. I am talking about using this tactic in the opposite way. By making yourself lower than the other person, this increases the level of trust between you and your audience. When you lower your body position into a chair, or seat yourself on the edge of the stage, it brings you closer to the audience and helps you increase the level of trust between you and the audience. I’ve seen this tactic on stage many times, and it actually works. Try to include this into one of your speeches. 


4. Build Anticipation      .

There is one important voice tone you need to use to build anticipation when you are speaking. When you do this inside your presentation, people will really feel that something important is about to happen. In fact, it’s probably the most important thing you can ever learn about public speaking: Lowering your pitch and lowering your volume at the same time. It makes people feel as though what you are able to tell them is incredibly important so they had better listen up. Low pitch gets attention. People equate a low pitch with authority. This is why most news readers and journalists who are delivering a serious piece of news, use a low pitch. It conveys authority and importance. 


5.   Getting Undivided Attention From Your Audience      .

When you use this strategy during a speech in the right place, it builds anticipation at first and keeps the audience sitting on the edge of their seats wondering what gold nugget and information is just about to come out of your mouth. I’m going to tell you how to use this strategy now, and it’s one of the most important things you need to know and implement into your public speaking. It’s a skill that takes time and patience and practice, and anyone can do it. You know what is it? What is this one thing you need to master?

Deliberate PAUSES…

Pauses used incorrectly cause the audience to switch off. Pauses used correctly, gets the audience paying more attention because you are not bombarding them with information and overloading their brain. A strong and deliberate pause gives the audience time to think. 

Now go practice. 

Do not forget: Speak up. Speak out. Be ready to be heard because remember: YOUR VOICE MATTERS.