Prepping for a speech? 25 Tips on how to be awesome!


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Almost everyone hates making speeches when they first start out.
Here are 25 tips to make an outstanding presentation, beginning with the prep.

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Prepping for a speech? 25 Tips on how to be awesome!

  1. 1. 2 5 Dr. McGowan's SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO Preparing and Giving an Awesome Speech
  2. 2. Did you know that giving a speech stands at the top of the list of most common fears? Standing in front of a group of people, hoping that you do not screw up, and praying that the words will come out right can be daunting. Here are 25 strategies that will help you keep yourself calm and give that awesome speech that you are fully capable of giving. 2
  3. 3. 1. W RITE IT DOW N. Many people sit down to write a speech and get so caught up on trying to make it sound p e rfe c t that they never finish it. When you sit down to write your speech, just write. Write down whatever comes into your mind and save perfecting it for later. 3
  4. 4. 2. Rewrite It. Now that you have gotten your thoughts down, change it as much as you want to or need to. Rewriting is easy once you have gotten your initial thoughts down on paper. A word processor on your computer with “copy and paste” function makes this a snap. 4
  5. 5. 3. Create an outline. Arrange the key points in the order they will need to fall into the actual speech. This will help ensure that you do not leave out any important or crucial points and that you touch on everything that you need to say. 5
  6. 6. 4. Use everyday language. Using words that your audience will understand and relate to is very important. Do not use unnecessary jargon. Otherwise, the audience will lose interest because they cannot grasp what you are trying to say to them. 6
  7. 7. 5. Use descriptive phrases. The audience will be able to follow along more easily if they can visualize your words. If, for instance, you are giving a speech at a wedding, consider replacing: “He got all dolled up to take her out” with more descriptive language. 7
  8. 8. 5. Use descriptive phrases. Instead, perhaps, talk about what the groom was wearing, about ho w he fixed his hair, and ho w much time he spent on it. The audience will appreciate it because they will be able to “see” what you mean. 8
  9. 9. 6. Use statistics carefully. Instead of rattling off a bunch of statistics, only use the most important ones. Audiences struggle to relate to spoken numbers. Your listeners want to get to the heart of the matter. 9
  10. 10. 6. Use statistics carefully. If you need to include statistics, give a few at a time and always include a real-life anecdote to go along with them. 10
  11. 11. 7. Use Humor. Injecting some fun into your speech is a great way to get people relaxed and interested. Start off with a small joke relating to the events of the day. Use small (clean, of course) jokes throughout the speech to keep the audience involved and alert. 11
  12. 12. 8. Keep the jokes to a minimum. Yes, humor is great for speeches. But do not let your speech turn into a stand-up comedy routine. 12
  13. 13. 8. Keep the jokes to a minimum. If you are giving a speech, it is probably because you have something to say and a specific point to drive home. Get to the point of the speech and use humor sparingly. 13
  14. 14. 9. Include pertinent information. If, for instance, the speech is for a fundraiser, include how the audience can donate money, the organization’s website, and any other ways they can help. Strive to anticipate all of the audience’s questions within your speech. 14
  15. 15. 9. Include pertinent information. If you are giving a speech about a cause, an issue, or an organization, include all of the necessary information the audience may need to make contact. 15
  16. 16. 10. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. The best speeches are the ones that sound natural. So, practice your speech aloud several times. Then, when it is time to perform, the words will come out sounding much more natural and automatic. 16
  17. 17. 11. Practice your speech in front of a mirror. Saying your speech in front of a mirror will show you how you will look to the audience. Do you look nervous? 17
  18. 18. 11. Practice your speech in front of a mirror. Are you staring down at the paper? Seeing what you are doing wrong will help you to fix it before the speech. 18
  19. 19. 12. Practice in front of a friend. After you have practiced in front of a mirror several times, get the reaction of an outside party. Ask a friend or family member if they will listen to you give your speech. 19
  20. 20. 12. Practice in front of a friend. They may notice things you did not while practicing alone, and be able to offer valuable advice. Typically, they want you to look good almost more than you do! 20
  21. 21. 13. Control the volume. You want to be sure that everyone in the room can hear you, and not the participants in the front row. Be careful not to shout into the microphone, but speak loud enough so that no one will miss a word. 21
  22. 22. 13. Control the volume. Usually, speaking just a bit louder than normal conversation is a good measure to use. 22
  23. 23. 14. Use visual aids. Have charts, flyers, or brochures printed up to hand out before starting your speech. These allow your audience to follow along with you and keep on track with what you are saying. 23
  24. 24. 14. Use visual aids. Visual aids also provide a good memento for people to take home to remember that speech that you have worked so hard on. 24
  25. 25. 15. Speak from your heart. The most powerful speeches are those in which the audience can tell that the speaker has a vested interest in what they are saying. Allow your passion to shine in order to have the greatest impact on your audience. 25
  26. 26. 16. Avoid fidgeting. There is nothing that shouts out a ‘lack of confidence’ quicker than someone who cannot stand still while giving a speech. This does not however mean that you have to stand like a robot. 26
  27. 27. 16. Avoid fidgeting. But it d o e s mean you should avoid playing with your collar or twisting your body when you speak. 27
  28. 28. 17. Pause appropriately. Allow some short breaks in your speech to allow people to absorb what you have said. This works best after each main point you wish to drive home. 28
  29. 29. 17. Pause appropriately. Do not, however, let the pauses go on for too long or use them too often. This makes it look as though you are struggling to find the next words. 29
  30. 30. 18. Visualize. Before you give your speech, visualize what the room and the stage will look like, and how you and the audience will look. Visualizing is a great help when it comes time to deliver. It will feel as though you have already “been there,” which will make you feel more confident. 30
  31. 31. 19. Time it. When you are practicing, time your speech so that you know exactly how long it will take to deliver. If you go over the time limit, trim some of the unnecessary sections. And if you have too much time left over, add more information or stories. 31
  32. 32. 20. Stay positive. Even if you are giving a speech on a sad or unpleasant topic, it is important to find a way to put a positive spin on it. Let the audience know that there is something that can be done, that there is hope, or that something good came from it. 32
  33. 33. 20. Stay positive. Staying positive will also help keep your audience interested and motivated. 33
  34. 34. 21. Ask questions. Involve your audience. This is a great way to keep them interested and alert. Ask questions that require a show of hands. This is a great way to warm them up and it will lead naturally into the speech. 34
  35. 35. 22. Move Around. Moving around is different than fidgeting. Walking around the stage can help keep your audience interested and help you reach out to different members of the audience because of your close proximity to all of them at some point during the speech. 35
  36. 36. 23. W rite only your outline and main points. Of course, writing your entire speech for practice is helpful. But on the day of your speech, bring only an outline with a few key points for greater spontaneity. 36
  37. 37. 24. Make eye contact. Connect with your audience by looking into their eyes. Look at audience members in different parts of the room throughout your speech. 37
  38. 38. 25. Thank your audience. It is important to remember that every person in your audience took time out of their lives and their busy schedules to come and listen to you. Thank them for listening and for being a good audience. They will appreciate it and will remember your speech with a smile. 38
  39. 39. With planning and preparation, you can deliver an awesome speech with confidence. Practice, know your subject, and go for it. Before long, you will confidently deliver speeches that your audience will be thrilled to hear! 39
  40. 40. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” Zig Ziglar 40
  41. 41. To Your Continued Success!!! 41