Speaking in Front of an Audience

The best speakers include a clear, relevant message and a few great stories to illustrate it.  Forget fancy PowerPoint presentations and tons of data.  


Forbes Magazine points out that people don't remember much of what they hear, so focus and keep it simple, with a clear beginning, middle and end.  Make sure to practice out loud beforehand, hopefully with a small audience.


If you are nervous, take a few deep breaths and try to channel that adrenaline into positive energy. Don't read your speech, tell it from heart.  Keep it short - a speech shouldn't be more than 10 minutes long as people's attention span is short.  


Use body language that makes you appear comfortable. Lastly, slow down and articulate your words.  These tips can be used whether you are giving a speech in a large auditorium to hundreds of people or speaking to a handful of teenagers in a Sunday school classroom.  


The key is to always be authentic - be yourself - the best version of yourself - and people will want to hear what you have to say.