Great public speakers have different techniques and one of them is knowing their material. You cannot be a master mechanic and give a speech on “How to Grill the Perfect Steak”. Having a mastery of the topic that the speaker will be presenting is very important for a speaker so that his audience will be properly informed.
If you want people to see you as a reliable speaker, then it is really vital for you to have a mastery of your topic. Keep reading to learn the 3 easy ways that can help you master your material when you need to make an oral presentation or address the public:
Make an outline.
Going to battle unprepared is a bad idea. Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment when you need to give a speech to deliver an informative presentation.
Gathering all the materials you can about the topic is the first thing you need to do. Second, sift through all the written material that you have and pick out the useful bits and pieces of information.
You need to read the articles that you chose. However, if you rely on memorization and you forgot a particular part of your speech, then this will cause you to be confused.
Be as spontaneous as possible, yet knowledgeable enough about the topic. If you do this, then you will be able to answer any question that come up throughout the discussion with enough confidence. Your anxiety will increase even more if you know less about the topic.
Consider reviewing the outcome of the actual speech.
More or less, you now have your actual speech prepared so you need to review your presentation. Look closely at the outline and make sure you have covered all the important points.
For example, if hybrid technology is the topic of the speech you are giving, then you may have missed out on stating examples of the products of hybrid technology even if you have discussed the definition of the term.
Giving ample attention to detail is important in case someone in your audience is familiar about your topic and would point out things that you failed to discuss.
Your final material should be rehearsed and mastered.
First, you will be informed about the time that the presentation should run before you are even given a topic to present. There are two vital things you need to do and these are rehearsing your speech and determining exactly how long it will run. If you only have twenty minutes to present but you have material enough for a thirty minute speech, you can still trim it down.
Finally, by “hearing yourself” rehearse the speech, you would have a preview of how your actual presentation would run and make the necessary improvements, thus coming up with the perfect oral presentation.