The King's Speech ruled at the Academy Awards, winning Best Picture of the Year, and with Oscars awarded to Colin Firth (Best Leading Actor), David Seidler (Best Original Screenplay), and Tom Hooper (Best Director).
So, how do you think this movie—with no violence, no sex scenes, no mysterious plot, and main characters who are middle-aged men—caught the hearts of millions? For one, the king's fear of public speaking is highly relatable.
When it comes to 1)oratory skills, even if you don't have a 2)stammering problem, many of us find it challenging to make a speech. Whether it's simply 3)stage fright or the occasional 4)stutter, if you're giving a presentation at work, chances are you'll need to 5)brush up on some skills to become convincing and confident at the 6)podium.
While you may not have skills as 7)eloquent as President Obama's, there are four critical elements we must keep in mind in order to become an effective speaker:
1. Dress the part. In front of an audience, you automatically put yourself and, more importantly, your image on display. All eyes will be on you. Ensure that you have covered the finer points—hair brushed, shoes cleaned, clothes ironed, nails cleaned and clipped. If your appearance is 8)impeccable you will speak confidently and appear 9)authoritative.
2. Own the topic. Be prepared to know the subject inside and out, backward and forward. Don't forget to practice, practice, practice.
3. Keep it simple. Ever listened to a speaker 10)drone on and on and completely miss their point? Don't be that guy or 11)gal. Your message should be 12)concise and easy to summarize in one sentence. Focus on three or four main points and make sure they clearly tie back to your thesis.
4. Consider every angle. Yes, this means to prepare yourself and, of course, your speech for potential holes before you present it. Know your audience and prepare your presentation based on that knowledge. If you have responses ready, you will be able to quickly and efficiently 13)dismiss critiques, looking even more knowledgeable in the process. Look at challenges to your point of view as an opportunity to show how 14)flawless your argument really is.