Great speakers typically present in a smooth delivery style that we all admire. They sound like they are having a conversation with listeners rather than talking at them.
This style is called extemporaneous speaking or extemporaneous delivery. That means (a) the speaker knows the material (b) speaks in a conversational style, (c) from limited notes (d) in a structured way.
Listening audiences prefer this style much more than they do listening to a speaker who memorized a presentation word-for-word or a speaker who is reading from overly detailed notes.
In contrast, extemporaneous speaking looks and sounds comfortable and composed. Listeners might assume a conversational style requires special talents. However, any speaker can achieve this with the right preparation. Here are the first couple of steps.
First, commit to a clear structure. Conversational speakers use a template to prepare their presentations that usually includes a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Each of these sections has clear component parts. This template gives speakers a mental road map to follow even when they are not looking at their notes.
Second, practice up to 10 times. True, that sounds like a lot but with practice comes comfort. Speakers with that easy conversational look and sound practice many times beforehand to truly internalize the material.
See the video for more details on these two tips and the rest of the advice.
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