Public Speaking Expert
Giving a speech is rather unpleasant for most people. Many speakers are boring and confusing. If you’re afraid of speaking in public, remember that an excellent speech doesn’t require a brilliant orator. With proper preparation and enough confidence, anyone can deliver a great speech. Practicing the correct way and gaining experience will help improve your public speaking skills.
Here are a few useful tips on how to present your speech well:
Determine Your Goals
Before giving a speech, establish your purpose. What do you want the audience to do? How can they benefit from what you have to say? Why do you want them to agree with you? Most speeches invite the public to react in one of three ways: acting, thinking, or feeling. Once you determine the purpose of your speech, it will be easier to convey your message to your audience. Your role is to tell people about your ideas and persuade them to take action.
Organize Your Speech
Prepare your speech ahead of time. Make your message clear and select an appropriate outline that allows people to understand your speech easily. Create a strong opening and conclusion. A well organized speech helps your audience understand the point you are trying to make. It’s also easier to remember and more credible.
Create Main Points
A short speech shouldn’t have more than two or three main points. For a long speech, focus on five points. Each main point should be an assertion. Use transitional words and phrases to move from one idea to another smoothly.
Develop the Opening
The opening should tell listeners what you will be talking about, and capture their attention. Start with a quotation, a story, a question, or a challenging statement. Do not start your speech with a long statement, an apologetic statement, or a joke that doesn’t relate to the topic. You may also ask direct questions or present some shocking statistics. Think about how you can relate to your audience.
Make Your Speech Interesting
Use subpoints to make your speech more interesting. Include statistics, testimonials, quotes, examples, anecdotes, facts, and visual aids. Repeat crucial points especially in longer speeches. Rely on short, simple sentence structures and avoid using too many subordinate clauses. Include a call to action at the end of your speech. Be enthusiastic and alive. Use body language. Don’t apologize for anything you may or may not have said during your presentation.
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