There is a “figure of speech” for writing and articulating sentences, but to speak those sentences you have to figure out the “speech” on your own. Yes, it’s a paradox- all anchors accept this.

Let’s, dig it out more!

Speak words and let them sail to your audience. But if your audience flinches or leans sideways or start pressing their phones, then give a halt to your speech and ask… “Do I need an anchoring skill that is as smooth as a hot knife through butter?”

Anchors are like a magnet that pulls audience towards them in whichever direction they swirl. Here direction is your speech, body language, sense of humor, vocal cord, etc. If you are able to get balance in all these territories while anchoring, then you have a shot.

To be a great anchor you do not require a glossary of big words like Pat Obahiagbon but you actually need to understand what kind of language gels best with the particular audience.

You have to determine how you want your audience to feel when they leave the seminar or presentation. Take an example of a book that you finished in one read, and think why you did it so easily. The reason is simple from start to finish there is always some lexical aspect that holds your interest throughout, same goes for anchoring. You have to spice up your performance with all the traits.

There are many anchors whose career sky rockets even though they have just stepped into anchoring field, while there are few who have a lot of experience but never had advantage view of their success. It might happen that their anchoring for a longer time made them stick to an orthodox style.

There are still few things that experienced anchors might not know.Each individual has different tones and vocal acoustics but not all are eloquent speakers. There are few speakers who can electrify the audience and runs a stream of ecstasy in their bodies. So what sets them apart from the rest? If you like to mirror image them, then you would probably ingrain this article thoroughly.


1) Talk like a thought leader

Audience love influencers. Even if you are not one of them at least try to get closer to it. According to Dr. Pam Sherman, author of “Speaking like a Successful Thought Leader”, revealed the secret of being a thought leader. She emphasized on three traits of Successful Thought Leader —-displaying your values, having a thorough understanding of your expertise, and presenting a topic in an emotionally engaging way.

2) Control your speaking rate

Always make sure you are giving enough room to the audience to absorb the information. Gabble for long or giving lengthy talk does not mean you have delivered a great speech.Your rate of speaking and articulation in tone matters while addressing the bigger audience. Most anchors prefer a rate of 150-160 words per minute. When you want to grab the attention of your audience, slow down a bit but if you want to wrap up the show then speed-up.

3) Avoid fillers and Take Pause

Avoid fillers like “hmm” and “aah” in middle of the speech, it breaks the rhythm. But you can strategically take pause before and after the words and phrases you want to emphasize. You can also take a course of the teleprompter and ear prompter to further hone the skills. It might also be helpful in avoiding distraction due to some random thought pin during hosting.

4) Crack Jokes

Do not forget to be a gullible and a creative host. Amuse your guest by cracking jokes and placing some good sense of humour. You have to look who is your audience— A corporate, political summit, festival celebration, etc. you have to articulate your sense of humour accordingly.

5) Give always but take Seldom

Remember your audience is there to get something from you and not the other way round. If your speech iterates a selling pitch, then in 9 out 10 cases your audience will
doze off. Even if you want to sell something it does not have to be direct.

6) Attend events and conferences by famous speakers

If you want to be one of them, then be with them. Attend events and conferences hosted by famous speakers. Try to analyze what makes them adorable and note down their key stroke they use during anchoring.It means everything from their hands’ movement, sarcasm, pointing out famous personalities from the attendees, etc.

7) Train and Master Your Voice

Your voice should resonate with the audience. True but not necessary, there are countless examples of celebrities who despite their voice stereotypes have made big in Hollywoood. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of them. You can master your voice by continuous and repetitive training. You can also break a long sentence into shorter if your pitch is too heavy for an audience to understand.

8) Connecting Links- Narrate Personal Stories

Most influential speakers give overview or try to connect with the audience with personal stories, customer stories, brand stories, and stories of other successful individuals or companies. This helps them to connect with the audience instantly, as they will try to relate themselves to the stories. You can engage audience asking something that is related to their personal life, like how many of you interested in where you’re neighbor goes for shopping.

This post was submitted by Godwin Adoga who is a music and entertainment blogger and creative writer from Abuja. He blogs at Kindly check out his blog.

Photo credits: Google images/ Chimamanda Adichie

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  1. I find this post post very useful. I have a huge public speaking fear and I hope to conquer it after practicing the tips listed here. Nice post between!

  2. “To be a great anchor you do not require a glossary of big words….”

    That sums it up. Simple everyday should be used while presentation.
    Chioma, I see you now allow guest writers. That’s a good one!

  3. sir how can i apply for this job
    i’m a 12th pass student
    i want some suggestions for how can i prepare for it

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