Ammar Idlibi is a respected pediatric dentist, which has led to him acting as a regular speaker at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, where he presents educational seminars to colleagues. To do this effectively he must be a talented public speaker who is capable of commanding the attention of the room. If this is something you struggle with, do the following to improve.
Know Your Audience
Before you can start preparing your speech you need to develop knowledge of the audience you will be presenting to. Not only will this allow you to choose relevant content, but it will also have an influence on the tone and direction that your speech takes. You can take this a step further when you arrive at the venue by introducing yourself to audience members and establish rapports with them.
Take It Slow
Many novices make the mistake of trying to get through their speeches as quickly as possible, which results in them speaking too quickly. This increases the possibility of verbal flubs, plus you may find that audiences disengage because they detect the nervousness of the speaker. When you arrive on stage take a deep breath and speak at a comfortable pace.
Above all else you need to practice speaking. Spend time in front of a mirror so you can observe your body language when speaking and consider getting a few friends together to watch you speak and critique your technique.
Ammar Idlibi is a pediatric dentist and experienced public speaker.