When we have to speak in public for social or professional reasons, two situations can occur:
In the best case, we will know the day well in advance. This will allow for correct planning of ideas that I want to transmit.
On the other hand, sometimes we can find the worst of situations: having to speak in public without having anything prepared.
Speaking in public in itself requires a great demand for anyone, but if you have not had time to structure what you want to convey, you could find yourself in a predicament. The first thing is to be aware that you know more than you think, you should not let fear stop you from expressing yourself correctly. These tips will help you with your first words:
Start as soon as possible.
The first 10 seconds are the most difficult, overcome this barrier and everything will be much more fluid. From the moment you know you have to talk until you do, your mind will progressively start to bombard you with fears and negative thoughts. If you do not have time to prepare, the sooner you do it the better!
Active body position.
Stand up, walk, move your hands and head. There is a close relationship between physical activity and the mind. A correct attitude in your tone of voice and body position will undoubtedly mark your final result. (Be natural)
Law of here and now.
Try to forget all the problems and worries that you have that day. Breathing deeply several times before starting will help you, as well as give you a few seconds of calm and leave the moment of shock. (Be natural, be yourself, smile)
Start with an example
Think of a personal experience that relates to the topic to be developed. Being an experience, you will describe it in a fluid and natural way, breaking the difficult initial moments and gaining time for your final contribution. In addition, we all like personal stories, your audience will be hooked to listen to you.
Do not translate (directly) in your mind.
With the English you know, try to communicate. Do not express it exactly as you would say it in Spanish, but you will realise that you are communicating in a fluid and effective way.
Do not worry to much if you're wrong.
Take the error normally, do not avoid it and learn from it if it appears. Possibly the staff to whom you are addressing know that you have not been able to prepare anything, so they will not be so demanding. Do not be to hard on yourself either! (It’s part of the learning curve)