Being a great public speaker isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. People ask me how they can improve their public speaking skills, but the truth is, I’ve spent a lot of time working on becoming a stronger public speaker. Practice and preparation got a long way, to be sure. But there are a few other things you can do to ensure your success for speaking in public.

I’ve gathered my top 10 easy tips for becoming better at public speaking for this blog series, How To Be a Great Speaker. With each tip, I’ll explore in detail how to become a confident, effective and powerful speaker.

Let’s let technology help you do the talking so you can connect with your audience!

Tip 6: Power It Up.

Let’s face it: Presentations are not always for people we know and like. They are also often on boring topics. When this is the case, I find it useful to use a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation on a big screen. I will use basic images to illus-trate a point, but really what it does for me is remind me of where I need to go next with my speech.

Using these programs is a way to avoid looking down to read something. In-stead, it allows you to engage the audience with visuals, which will help them remember the information after your presentation. Even though you have these tools as back up, though, it’s very important to move around, to gesture natu-rally. You never want to appear static, standing behind a podium!
By gesturing and moving, you will loosen yourself up and create a more com-fortable environment for you and the audience.

Use technology to help drive home the talking points of your speech, and to help you feel more relaxed in the content you have to cover.