Here are the 7 keys that can make you a popular communicator.
Introduce a theme. Always introduce a theme at the beginning of a presentation. You can start by a remark saying, “I want to talk to you today about staying passionate about life,” or “I want to talk you to about having a big vision for your life.” Introducing a theme gives your audience a roadmap. Make sure your stories, anecdotes or examples tie back to your main theme.
Tell stories. Fill your talk with personal stories. Some can be simple anecdotes about something that happened to you, your wife or kids. Many stories of friends, people you met, or churchgoers in the congregation. Our brains are not programmed for abstract thoughts. Tell personal stories to connect with your audience.
Use humor, sparingly. Start each talk with a joke or a humorous observation. It is never recommended starting a sales presentation with a joke because it will often land flat. a good speaker can have years of practice and and the audience can expect him to start with a joke but It is not recommended for everyone. However, humor is important. It’s perfectly acceptable and even welcome to take yourself lightly during a presentation. Talks are more realistic if they are delivered live and edited before broadcast. I once saw a live talk and, as every speaker does, everyone make mistakes. But don’t let those mistakes derail the rest of your presentation. . It’s okay to make mistakes. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Use parallel sentence structure. Writing or speaking in parallel sentences is a rhetorical device that you will hear in most great speeches or presentations. For example,, “Once you know you’re a ‘no lack’ person, you won’t run from your enemies, you’ll run to your enemies. You won’t run away from college, thinking it’s too hard, you’ll run to it knowing that you’re well able. You won’t run away from that management position, thinking that you’re not qualified, you’ll run to it knowing that you’re well equipped.” Consider using parallel construction somewhere in your presentation. It’s a memorable way to get your message across.
Practice well ahead of time. A good speaker prepares for at least five days ahead of each talk. That means he begins to prepare, write, and rehearse on an advance schedule. He must spend hours for each 30-minute presentation and he must start fresh every week. Whenever you see a leader who communicates so well it looks “effortless,” know that there’s a lot of practice that went into it.
Avoid notes. You must rarely speaks from notes, although you have notes. The notes are placed discreetly on the lectern, but always speak in front of the lectern or next to it. As you move to another part of the stage, you may glance at your notes, make eye contact and continue talking. Don’t break eye contact with the audience by speaking from notes. Give yourself enough time to practice so you can deliver your message with confidence.
Inspire your audience. Your message must be always positive and inspiring. Whether you’re a religious person or not, inspiration is very important in presentations and communications. Many people are uninspired, demoralized, and discouraged. They are looking for someone to believe in. As a leader of a congregation or of a business, people are looking to you for inspiration. Leave them on a positive note.
Nobody can start out as a confident speaker. Once you decided to talk infront of an audience you can be a nervous wreck, . Becoming a great communicator is no longer a skill that’s just nice to have. It’s essential for success in any field.
source: Osteen’s 7 Keys to successful Speaker