Courage Igene is a dedicated community leader with a great deal of public speaking experience.
Whether he is speaking in front of his own church or in front of a group of strangers during one of his nationwide healing rain revival crusades, Courage has an excellent confidence and strong delivery of his words that fills people will inspiration and motivation.
Being able to speak in front of a crowd is an essential skill for strong leaders or any individual trying to voice their thoughts, concerns, and ideas to a widespread audience. Below, ministry expert Courage Igene provides some important public speaking tips to help speakers gain better confidence and a stronger, more powerful voice.
PUBLIC SPEAKING TIPS:
Public speaking is something that most people dread and there is not really anything to settle the nerves or to get rid of the angst. The truth, however, is that every single person will have to speak up in front of a group of people somewhere in their life – whether it is at work, at school, or at a seminar. People are not born with excellent public speaking talents. It is something that has to be cultivated over a period and has to be practiced to build up self-confidence. Here are a few tips that you can use during your next public speaking occasion.
Make eye contact
For Courage Igene, this is the number one rule to any public speaking event. Make eye contact with your audience. While it is easy for speakers to focus on one single spot during their speech or scan the crowd with their eyes, this actually disconnects you from the audience. Try to speak to every single audience member one by one. Finish your sentence whilst looking at a single audience member and move away when you start the next. Your goal should be to talk with your audience and have a conversation with them. This makes your speech much more appealing as your audience will feel more involved.
Speak unusually slow
People who feel nervous about public speaking might have a habit of speaking very fast when they take to the stage. This is mainly because their heart rates quicken with angst and their mouths play with. Make a conscious effort to speak slowly to your audience members. If you rush through every single point that you are trying to make, you will not only confuse them but you will also lose their attention. Take breaths in between statements if you must and allow for pauses.
During your speech you may notice that there are some people who will sit with folded arms, furrowed brows, or even nod off while you are talking. Ignore it! Not everyone is going to be intrigued by what you have to say but that does not make you a bad public speaker. Focus your attention on those who are looking at you with bright eyes and who are hungry for the information that you give them. If you concentrate on those who give off positive vibes, you will find yourself to be more confident in your speaking. During his large number of public speaking events across the nation, Courage Igene will often find certain groups or individuals who do not invest in what he is saying. However, even just reaching out to one or two people with your speech in a positive way makes all the difference.
Turn your nervousness into excitement
The sweaty palms, the rapid heart rate and the butterflies in your stomach might be symptoms of nervousness, but they are also symptoms of exhilaration. Train your brain to perceive these symptoms as excitement rather than nerves. This way you will open with a positive attitude and engage your audience immediately.
If you watch Courage Igene speak in front of a crowd as in the video below, you can see him using a great deal of excitement and energy to create an interesting environment and to keep the entire room engaged. See how he is able to naturally interact with all of the audience members in a clear, confident, and exciting way.
Never take the opportunity for granted
It is important that you know that your audience members have taken time out of their schedules to listen to you. After you have spoken, don’t forget to thank them for coming and for giving you the opportunity to speak.