With the rapid growth of the mobile food industry, more and more food truck owners are finding themselves in front of groups and television cameras. This is why it’s important to learn how to be yourself when speaking in public. Those who find public speaking daunting (and who doesn’t to some degree?) may think they need to become better actors to improve. Acting rarely helps, though.

So many people feel that they have to put on a different persona when they’re a “public speaker.” They have to act more polished, more professional, more perfect. As a result, they’re not being themselves at all, and their audiences feel it.

How To Be Yourself When Speaking In Public

Chances are that you’ll sometimes have to speak in public as food truck owner. While this can seem intimidating, the benefits of being able to speak well outweigh any perceived fears. To become a better speaker, use the following strategies:

  • Plan appropriately.
  • Practice.
  • Engage with your audience.
  • Pay attention to body language.
  • Think positively.
  • Cope with your nerves.
  • Watch recordings of your speeches.

Don’t try to be someone else such as your favorite TV celebrity chef or channel some smooth-talking alter ego. Focus on being exactly who you are. While some people may be natural public speakers, most have to work hard at it. Practice organizing your thoughts, modulating your voice, and connecting with your audience. This isn’t a matter of rehearsing what you’re going to say. It’s practicing the skills that allow you to be flexible and capable every time you are up in the front of a crowded room or camera.

When you decide to truly be yourself, not just a generic public speaker, your story will be gripping to your audience.

Do you have any additional tips for those who need to learn to be yourself when speaking? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. You can share your advice in the comment section below or on social media. Facebook | Twitter