Public Speaking Tips for COMM 1110

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Complete with narration, Prof. Barbara Nixon shares her tips on speech preparation, with an emphasis on getting her students ready for their first presentations.

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Public Speaking Tips for COMM 1110

  1. 1. COMM 1110 Barbara B. Nixon
  2. 2. <ul><li>Decide on your central theme </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Carefully select your main points </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Prepare one 3&quot; x 5&quot; or 4&quot; x 6&quot; notecard. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Practice your speech three to six times. </li></ul><ul><li>Tape record and critique one practice. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Practice using your visual aid, if you'll have one. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Time your speech </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Never write out your speech word for word. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not attempt to memorize your speech. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Breathe. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Primacy Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Recency Effect </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>DO approach the podium with confidence. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>DO establish eye contact with the audience before you begin to speak. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>DO something to get the attention of your audience before you begin to speak. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>DO have your introduction fully thought out and well prepared. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>DON'T apologize. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>DON'T be long winded. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>DON'T antagonize or offend your audience. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>DON'T use irrelevant material. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>DON'T start out with, “Today I'm going to talk to you about...” </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>DON'T practice your introduction more than you practice the rest of the speech. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>DO keep the style of your conclusion consistent with the style of the rest of your speech. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>DO write out the first sentence of your conclusion on your notecard. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>DO be succinct and to the point. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>DON'T merely stop at the end of your main points and say, “That's all I have to say.” </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>DON'T stretch it out. Summarize your main points, then finish with something the audience will remember. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>DON'T apologize. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>DON'T introduce new points or material in the conclusion. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>DON'T pack up early. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>DON'T continue to speak as you leave the podium. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>DON'T forget to signal the end of your speech by saying, “Thank you.” </li></ul>

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