The 5 ways to improve your Public Speaking Skills for Engineers

Public speaking is one the weakness of engineering fresh graduates. Engineering is undeniably one of the most difficult higher programs that have gained so much respect and attainment as it paves it way to development and modernization all over the globe. The downside of being an engineering student is that you are stereotyped and is inherently boring. An engineering student needs to deal with thick textbooks and digest tedious theories and principles. Not to mention the professors whose low voices are not adequate enough for you to totally get the concepts and can barely light up the room. The learning process becomes patterned and cyclic that students might get caught up by engineering alone.

That being said, most engineering students suffer from social problems that are triggered by their lack of social interaction and confidence when it comes to mingling with various and large crowds, probably because of their yardstick for excellence in their academics. If you think about it, it is pretty ironic considering that we are talking about future leaders of modernization and expansion of the world’s systems and infrastructures. Basically, engineers make our world a much more efficient place to live through techniques, machines and their knowledge. Contrary to what most people think, engineering is a three way process study-sleep-social life. As catalyst of enhancement and modernization, it is very important for engineers to possess good speaking skills in order to deliver and convey instructions explicitly.  Here are some tips in order to enhance your speaking skills as early as now:

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Have you heard someone giving an advice to “be yourself?” Well, sorry to break it to you, but that is only partially right. When you speak in a crowd it is very important to speak like yourself because nothing beats genuine and sincere words. BUT keep in mind that you have to speak like the better version of yourself. You should improve your knowledge and skills in public speaking. Remember that when you open your mouth you represent yourself. There is no delete button or whatsoever. Once it’s said, there is no way in turning back. So you have to be very vigilant about the things that come out from your mouth and the way you say it.

Here’s a book that can help you achieve the best version of yourself. Speak Like Yourself… No, Really! Often times, we get intimidated when we learn new things but worry no more because this book uses a warm and step-by-step approach that would empower readers to step out from their comfort zone, be at their growth zone and eventually reach their optimum confidence and skills in speaking. In addition to that, this book also allows readers to find and understand their own style in speaking. It gives you a one-on-one coaching experience that you really need in order to overcome that shyness and doubts that has been coiling up inside you for years! Included here are tips on how to push through your small talks, impromptu speeches, job interviews and more.

Here’s the thing, no matter how good and fluent you are in speaking you can’t just go running in circles without making an actual point. Your listeners will get bored and irritated if you keep on running around the bush. It is very vital for a person who is about to speak in public to convey his or her agenda or message explicitly. If you are a type of person who uses flowery words in order to make your speeches long and sound sophisticated well, you are very much mistaken. You will just sound annoying and senseless. Flowery words are used to beautify your speeches but an over use of these would just ruin your speech. Your listeners should get interested in your speech so make you point crystal clear

The Make your Point Speak Clearly and Concisely Any Place Anytime by Bob Elliott and Kevin Carroll is a book. This book is a blessing to all people who is trying to figure out what they have to say. I have read the portion where it gives advice in WIIFM (What’s in it for me?), which your audiences will ponder as you go along your speech, and I have to say that it was very convenient and extremely informative that after I have read the portion of the book I was able to narrow down my thoughts and come up with a perfect topic. One tip given is to know your audience, but how? The authors have written the book in a clear tone that is understandable by anyone at any age who wish to improve their skills in public speaking.e!

As a speaker, you have to consider the attention span of your audience. You don’t want to talk in front of people who are competing with your talking, using their cell phones or even people who are sleeping. But you can’t blame them, because naturally speaking; we all have a limited attention span. So, it is very important to keep your speech concise and on point.

How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds, by Milo O. Frank, is a book that the author considered the attention span of your audience and teaches you to make your point in 30 seconds or less. Frank, is very specific on how to pick your objective, your approach, your hook and how to organize your thoughts in such a way that it flows easily and you can say it confidently. He tone of this book is business-like, thus, it is detailed and at the same time straight to the point, good anyone who is willing to learn.

Grit and confidence is very important for a successful public speaking, once you’re out there you have to show your audience that you’re in it to win it. Enjoy being at the podium because it is your time to shine.Remember that your experience is important. Nobody became a master on a certain skill no practice or experience at all. Enjoy every moment because you are the star of the moment.

The book Steal the Show : From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Port, teaches readers to seize every opportunity in speaking and interacting with other people as a venue to showcase and improve one’s speaking skills. His key strategies for commanding an audience’s attention include developing a clear focus for every performance, making sure you engage with your listeners, and finding the best role for yourself in order to convey your message with maximum impact.

Engineers know the essence of practicing really makes you better. How to practice? First, join different communities or social events that fits your interest. In this way, you can converse to other people and improve your confidence and social skills. Next, make sure you to be attentive on your hand and body gestures then figure how people respond to you. Remember to always have an eye contact once in a while because it gives the impression to the receiver you know what you are talking. Lastly, try recording your voice and listen to the speed and pronunciation you make. You also try facing the mirror while practicing your speech it improves the over-all performance in your speech.