Every person who has ever given a speech from your school teacher to your training instructor to the President of the United States of America has at one point or another been nervous about a certain speech they had to give. It's a part of the game and second nature to be nervous about talking in front of a group of people, especially if it's a large group of people and they're all strangers.
Some people will fidget during their speech and have sweat dropping down their cheek because of how nervous they are telling a room full of workers what the future of their industry is. Others will stumble on their words and even forget a couple of paragraphs here and there and pray that the end is near. Neither of those options has to happen though and if you're struggling with the fact that you have to give a public speech very soon in the near future then we have a tip for you to ease your nerves and fears.
It's a pretty simple one, really, and one you should keep in the back of your mind for any of your other future speeches. Without further ado, dear friends, our advice to you when giving a speech to fellow industry insiders is to address your audience head on in order to keep their attention. We told you it was simple. There's no better way of easing your nerves during a speech than by a captivating an audience with your words and addressing them with a simple remark at the start of your speech that starts with, 'Dear friends, teachers, workers, etc.' If every audience member in attendance is focused on the words coming out of your mouth that in turn will make you more comfortable with the arena you're giving your speech in.
If you're calm, relaxed, at east and comfortable with the room and your audience in it who can't stop paying attention to your speech then you'll have no need to worry! Addressing your audience is one of the most vital aspects of giving a successful speech because it helps keep you from sweating up a storm on stage and stops the audience from wanting to yawn because they think your speech is boring.
A speech that holds an audience's attention will be funny, endearing, wanted, welcomed, important, etc. If you make your audience feel like they're a part of your speech they'll want to keep hearing more and the longer your speech goes on the more comfortable you'll get. Before you give your speech practice it on people and keep at until you've reached a comfortable rapport with them. Remember, it all starts with the initial address. You can also find more information about prepping by reading "Speech Preparations"