Writing and Presenting Speeches (With me, Mrs. Cannon)
Speeches are another way of sharing information.Just as there arerules for writing a great paper, there are rules for a great speech.
1. Rememberthat speeches are shorter than papers. Include only the most important information.
2. Your posture is important.Slouching or leaningagainst the wall tells your listeners thatyou don’t care about your subject and they will be less likely to give you their attention. (It could also hurt your grade.)
3. Eye contact is important. It might be uncomfortablespeaking directly to your audience, but it makes you look more confident and keeps your listeners’ attention.
4. Gestures give life to your speech.Just be careful not to get carried away. You want people to care more about whatyou say than what your arms are doing.
5. Have charisma!If you are excited about your topic, everyone else will be more interested inwhat you have to say and you will look moreconfident (even ifyou are nervous).
6. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath, and staycalm. Delivering a speech can be frightening,but you can do it.