How to Give a Speech

Giving a speech can be nerve racking and isn’t a favorite of most. However, everyone will speak at one time or another. When giving a speech, there are certain things that are key in what the presenter does. They must collect their thoughts together, know their audience, speak in a way that can be understood, make the presentation visually appealing, know what they’re speaking about, and look at their audience.

First, you must collect together all of your ideas. They must be organized and you need to make sure you’ve included everything you’re going to talk about when you present your speech. If you forget anything, you can’t go back and fix it later. Once you finish it’s a done deal.

Next, you must prepare yourself with your audience. The way you hold yourself when you’re talking should differ depending on who you’re talking to. Talking to some rowdy teens? Be funny, but make sure you treat them with respect and maybe you’ll get some in return. Speaking to little kids? Don’t use your smart and impressive vocabulary! Use small words and be cute-funny, make them laugh, keep them entertained. College students? Some jokes here and there but make sure you get your point across.

After that, when you finally get on stage, make sure you speak loud and clearly. NOT TOO LOUD and not too quiet. Your voice should carry throughout the room and you need to grab the attention of your listeners. Don’t have a boring and monotone voice but definitely don’t try too hard to have a lot of expression and happiness in your voice or then no one can understand you because you sound kind of crazy…

Another thing to do is, use visual aids! Use pictures that people like, maybe a picture of Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth if that suits your fancy. Maybe if you’re talking about something scientific, show a glorious picture of the world or of magnesium in dry ice, something that will make them focus on your topic. However, you don’t just have to use pictures, you can use your hands as another form of communication. Don’t just stand stiff like a brick wall, but don’t flop around everywhere like jello. You want to make your speech not only interesting to listen to, but interesting to watch.

Another key thing, act like you know what you’re talking about even if you’re clueless! The last thing you want is to go up and give a speech and afterwards people know you put it together at the last second and that you have not a clue as to what you’re talking about. So maybe you did put together your speech at the last possible moment; no one has to know that! If you consistently stutter and talk like you don’t know what’s going on, people are going to think not only do you not know what you’re talking about, but that you don’t want to be there. You need to act confident!

After you’ve made sure you know what you’re talking about and that you feel confident, look at your audience! Time and time again people will go up onto a podium and stare blank at their paper as if they look away the whole world will explode into thousands upon thousands of pieces. Well, guess what? It won’t! How on Earth do you expect to connect with your audience if you don’t look at them at all? I’m not saying stare at someone the whole time, but look around, scan the room, see how your audience is reacting to you and you might be surprised by how much they like your beautiful speech that you have slaved away to create.

A final thing to remember when giving a speech is that it will probably not be the last time you will have to publicly speak in front of someone or a group of people. Giving a speech should come naturally, your words should flow right off the tip of your tongue and into the ears of your audience. Having a good speech can not only improve speaking skills, but it can also improve your confidence. Nothing in this word is like the joy you get from giving a wonderful speech and hearing your crowd want you to keep rambling on about whatever you choose to talk about. When you are up on a podium speaking remember that it’s just a podium, not a wall.