Public speaking involves talking in front of a group of people, usually with some preparation. It can be in front of people that you know (e.g. at a family celebration) or a crowd of strangers. Unlike a presentation there normally isn’t a lot of opportunity for interaction between the audience and the speaker – the speaker speaks, and the audience (hopefully) listens.
Speeches have different functions. These include being persuasive (e.g. trying to convince the audience to vote for you), informative (e.g. speaking about the dangers of climate change), entertaining (e.g. a best man’s speech at a wedding) or celebratory (e.g. to introduce the winner of an award). Some speeches may have more than one of these aims.
There are moments where the client may have difficulty with presenting because of anxiety otherwise known as stage fright. It is also important to note, that through lots of practice and lots of repetition, and breaking through the walls and barriers in sessions, it gets easier. The client will learn to channel the nerves in a way that is positive and useful. Through methods, techniques, and improvisational games, the client will learn how to release the fear so there is a clear path to present, audition, and perform with success.