How to Prepare and Deliver a Speech Effectively

Two Methods:Preparing Your Own SpeechSample Speeches

When preparing a speech it is very important to know your audience. Who are they? Is your topic of interest to them? How much do they already know?

Preparing Your Own Speech

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    Organize your speech. Jot down the 3 or 4 main points you want your audience to remember.
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    Summarize each idea in a single clear sentence. Then group pertinent information, around each idea. Facts may be important to your topic, but stories involving real people will usually have a greater impact on your audience.
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    Write your speech. Use words and sentences that are short and clear. Don't clutter it with professional or technical jargon.
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    Crack a joke, if appropriate. This will lighten the mood and pull the audience in. Don't make too many, though, because they might think that you are unprofessional.
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    Write down your main points on 3x5 note cards.
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    Rehearse your speech. Time the delivery to match the minutes allotted.
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    Look up! While taking a breath, while stuttering by accident, just look up at the audience and let them recognize that you know they're there.
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    Deliver your speech to your audience. Speak slowly and loudly. Stand in a relaxed manner with your feet slightly apart. Your hands should be at your side.

Sample Speeches

Sample Political Speech

Sample High School President Speech

Sample Class Speech


Sample Encouraging Speech

Sample Orientation Speech

Sample Informative Speech


Tips

  • Make eye contact with your audience whenever possible.
  • If you can, practice with the audio visual equipment you intend to use.
  • Your enthusiasm and interest should be reflected by your intonation(not your hands), this will help hold the audience's interest.
  • Practice in front of your family & friends. Ask for honest feedback.
  • Don't let pre-performance jitters upset you. It is common. Some simple calisthenics or meditation may help prepare you physically and mentally.
  • Visit the auditorium beforehand to familiarize yourself with the space, the acoustics, and the technical equipment.
  • Visual aids sometimes will demonstrate certain points more effectively.
  • Closing your eyes to calm down can help with jitters.
  • See the audience so they feel that you have not forgotten that they are there.

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Categories: Public Speaking