Public Speaking – Speech Help

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There are those who are born with the gift of gab, and may be naturally comfortable giving a speech in front of a large group of people. But if you aren’t one of them, getting up in front of an audience can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never had any public speaking help. Here are a few useful pointers to help your speech go more smoothly.

 

1. Prepare yourself mentally — It’s likely that a person will be required to speak in public at least once in his or her life. It could be as simple as giving a thank-you speech during a social event or as complicated as presenting the company’s financials to a roomful of board members. The key to overcoming your fear is to prepare yourself mentally. The real task lies in researching and organizing your speech. If you do a good job in preparing your speech, then you will establish the confidence you need to present it to others, no matter how many of them there are.

 

2. Prepare yourself physically — There are really no hard facts available, but public speakers often find that working out helps them overcome any nervousness they feel about going on stage. In the weeks leading to the day of your speech, make it a point to do some at least 30 minutes of physical activity in a day. It could be as easy as brisk walking or as demanding as hitting the gym for a full workout. During the day of the speech itself, make it a point to dress your best and groom yourself. Knowing that you look good onstage helps boost your confidence level. Feeling good about yourself translates into your actions and behavior during the speech, which the audience can see. Even the least discerning audience will feel if you are confident or not in what you are saying.

 

3. Familiarize yourself with the venue — Unfamiliar surroundings make nervous speakers. If you are speaking to your class, then you do not need to familiarize yourself with the room. However if you are speaking in a conference hall, you need to get accustomed to the new surroundings. Make sure to visit the venue before you give your speech. Find out where you will be standing when you give your speech and see how the audience will see you from where they are sitting. If there is special lighting involved, find out about it beforehand so you will not be surprised if the spotlight is turned on you. If you have prepared visual aids and PowerPoint presentations to go with your speech, check out how they will be displayed during the speech. Determine whether your audience be able to see them clearly. You do not want your efforts in preparing these visual aids go to waste.

Tim Ackerman has been a staunch enthusiast of effective communication for nearly 20 years, and loves sharing his knowledge with others. For more public speaking help click here, where you’ll get access to many other helpful tips, including a FREE mini-course on effective speaking and presentation skills.

One Response to “Public Speaking – Speech Help”

  1. Tim Ackerman says:

    Great post!

    I just want to add something — PRACTICE frequently. For a better and effective speech one must practice his/her speech. This will also help you to conquer those fears away.

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