Speaking should be ’au Natural’ like riding a bike
Telling a story or discussing stuff with friends over lunch is easy and even fun – it comes naturally. So why doesn’t speaking in front a large group come naturally?
Maybe it’s because you have not done it very much. I mean, could you ride a bike the first time you got on it? Not so great the very first time, right? But, after some practice and experience riding, now you don’t even think about it because it comes naturally.
Soon you’ll be speaking without hiding behind a lecture, maybe even improvising as if nothing’s wrong when your slides don’t work.
So, you practice and the more you make presentations in front of groups, the more natural it becomes. Soon you’ll be speaking without hiding behind a lecture, maybe even improvising as if nothing’s wrong when your slides don’t work and, even delivering an entertaining and coherent speech without any notes at all.
Okay, sometimes you may wobble a bit. You may even need to change gears sometimes. Go a bit slower maybe to concentrate on where you’re going. Not to take a wrong turn and get lost. And that’s natural, too.