Do you have a wedding speech to give? Perhaps you have an important speech to make at work or school. No matter the reason you have to give your speech, it needs the right impact. The following advice will assist you with this.
You cannot give a speech and automatically assume that everyone will follow what you say. You need to make an effort to get and keep their attention. Since this is technically a performance, you have to work to get the desired results.
If you use a timer, you can accurately gauge the length of your speech. This ensures your speech fills the time you have. If you find your speech is not long enough, research to find more information. It is important not to rush through your speech.
Always face your audience during your speech. Don’t allow anything to distract you, no matter what may be going on around the room or auditorium. Remember that you need to get your point across, and you won’t do this unless you let your audience know your attention is on them.
Know your topic. Do broad research and view the topic from different perspectives. Then, write down the key points you want to touch on during your speech. You will sound more professional if you know how to answer their questions.
If you talk about something that really happened in your speech, it will make it more meaningful. Before you speak outline the story. A well-rounded story will have the audience know when you begin and when it ends. Your story will seem natural if it’s a real one.
Where will you be speaking? Know the room well. How far will your voice carry or is there a microphone? Use any equipment to get a feel for it. Utilize visual presentations to help your content reach the audience. Consider the amount of eye contact that you must make with the crowd.
No matter what kind of mistake you make, simply forge ahead. If you get flustered and try and go back, you could confuse your audience. If you don’t mention it, the audience will never know you overlooked something.
If you are anxious about public speaking, practice deep breathing techniques. Take several breaths and exhale before you start to calm your nerves. Breathe through your nose and count to four, then exhale counting to five. Do this six times, and you’ll start to become very calm.
Practice is the only way to make sure that you are aware of what you want to convey. You can practice in front of a mirror or record your speech so that you can critique it to see areas that you can improve. If you are able to practice in front of others, that is even better.
Dress well, even if you are speaking at an event that is casual. Your appearance contributes greatly to your confidence level. You don’t have to wear a suit, but wear something nice that will impress the audience.
Stay away from alcoholic drinks prior to speaking. Although it may seem like a good idea to help bolster your confidence, it is a bad idea. You don’t want to risk forgetting what you want to say just because you decided to have a drink or two prior to your speech.
Practice your speech as often as possible. This will help build your confidence since the material will become second nature. You should have notes with you, even if you have it memorized. Thus, if you lose your way, you will be able to quickly take a look and get on the right track.
If necessary, use note cards. You should know the bulk of your speech by memory, but having on note cards won’t hurt. Having an outline on note cards can help refresh your memory of the main points you don’t want to accidentally forget.
Never apologize, even if you feel you’re failing. You might be afraid of making yourself look silly, but your listeners are unlikely to notice. Do not apologize if you realize you made a mistake, but correct is promptly and continue on.
Don’t over do the visual aids. They should be there to emphasize the points you are trying to make. You don’t want them to take over and cause others to stop listening to what you personally have to say so that your message is lost. To make important points, make sure your visual aids are high quality. They should look good and be colorful, without causing a distraction from the presentation or speech as a whole.
There are many occasions requiring you to speak in public. However, public speaking isn’t easy for everybody. Using the advice above will make it easy for you to give the perfect speech. Get the results you are looking for when you speak well.
Onaolapo Adeyemi is a travel and technology writer. If he’s not on tour, you’ll find him in New York with his wife, and pet parrot hanging out at Starbucks.