How to Give a Monologue Without Being Nervous

Speaking in public need not be scary if you only adopt certain tricks. Research. Rehearse. Relax.

Steps

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    Research your topic thoroughly and work out what you propose to say.
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    Prepare a series of headings and write out a short paragraph for each. Use separate cards or a sheet of paper.
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    Write out an introduction in which you explain what you will be talking about.
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    Write out a conclusion in which you recap what you've said.
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    Practice your speech over and over, preferably in front of a mirror.
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    Take along the cards or notes, even if you have learnt the monologue thoroughly.
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    Carry out a relaxation exercise before starting. E.g. Deep breathing, tensing your fists and then relaxing your hands etc.
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    Address your speech to individual members of the audience. Shift your gaze from one to the other as you speak.

Tips

  • Until you have gained experience, do not digress from your preparation.
  • Speak slowly and pronounce each word clearly.
  • Sip water if your mouth goes dry.
  • Adapt your manner to your particular audience.
  • Remember, the audience is on your side (usually!).
  • Ask a friend to watch you rehearse.

Article Info

Categories: Public Speaking