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KNOW YOUR MATERIALPick a topic you are interested in. Know moreabout it than you include in your speech. Usehumor, personal stories and conversationallanguage – that way you won’t easily forgetwhat to say.
PRACTICERehearse out loud with all equipment you planon using. Revise as necessary. Work to controlfiller words; Practice, pause and breathe.Practice with a timer and allow time for theunexpected.
KNOW THE AUDIENCEGreet some of the audience members as theyarrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friendsthan to strangers.
KNOW THE ROOMArrive early, walk around the speaking areaand practice using the microphone and anyvisual aids.
RELAXBegin by addressing the audience. It buys youtime and calms your nerves. Pause, smile andcount to three before saying anything. ("Oneone-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervousenergy into enthusiasm.
VISUALIZE YOURSELF GIVING YOURSPEECHImagine yourself speaking, your voice loud,clear and confident. Visualize the audienceclapping – it will boost your confidence.
REALIZE THAT PEOPLE WANT YOU TOSUCCEEDAudiences want you to be interesting,stimulating, informative and entertaining.They’re rooting for you.
DON’T APOLOGIZEfor any nervousness or problem – the audienceprobably never noticed it.
CONCENTRATE ON THE MESSAGE – NOTTHE MEDIUMFocus your attention away from your ownanxieties and concentrate on your messageand your audience.
GAIN EXPERIENCEMainly, your speech should represent you —as an authority and as a person. Experiencebuilds confidence, which is the key to effectivespeaking. A Toastmasters club can provide theexperience you need in a safe and friendlyenvironment.
Do This Tips and You Will Be A Good Speakerin Public