Aidan Cassidy, a civil servant and council member in a small town in North Carolina, has done his share of public speaking throughout his career. He was a law enforcement officer for two decades before becoming a well-deserved politician, and throughout both experiences he has developed a firm understanding of how speaking in public is a skill that is learned over time. Not only does this ability help politicians, good presentation skills carry over to the workplace and academia as well.
“The first thing you have to do to master public speaking is to understand your audience,” Aidan Cassidy says. “Why are they there? What do they want to hear? Why are you there? You need to ask yourself these questions in order to prepare a speech that is effective, remembered, and easy for you to give.”
The audience is everything for public speakers. Whether or not a person is a politician, a member of the clergy, a teacher, or a college student presenting a thesis in front of professors, knowing the audience is key. For starters, speakers have to redefine their audiences and come to understand that most people want the lecturer or presenter to succeed. This should help cut back on nerves, but more on pre-speech jitters later. Read more