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Tips, suggestions, and inspiration from GennGlobal
Of all things in the world, people fear public
speaking the most—even more than death itself!
With such a fear of public speaking, how do those
who give speeches all the time manage? Are they
born gifted in the ability of oratory prowess? Of
The truth is, giving a great speech requires a lot of
practice and hard work, even if you are really good
at giving speeches already.
Let’s discuss some ways to improve your speeches
and public speaking abilities.
UNDERSTAND YOUR TOPIC
When giving a speech, you must start with the
subject matter. Understanding the topic of your
speech is just as important as the mechanical
aspects of your speech.
Without an expectation or idea of where your
speech will lead, you will likely lose track of your
speech very quickly and your audience will likely
Having a thorough understanding of your topic will
allow you to save yourself even if you get tripped up
and forget where you are in your speech.
OUTLINING AND PRACTICING
While you will want to avoid simply reading off of a
script, outlining the contents of your speech will
help keep you from getting lost.
In a typical outline, you might allocate the amount
of time you want to spend on each topic in your
speech, or figure out how to properly describe your
transitions between topics.
Once you have a good estimate of what your
speech will look and sound like—practice, practice
practice! This will help you become comfortable
with your speech.
DO A TRIAL RUN; GET FEEDBACK
Now that you’ve practiced your speech, it’s time for
a test run!
Find some friends or colleagues who are willing to listen
to your speech, and give it a shot.
Afterwards, ask for some of their feedback.
Attempt to incorporate their advice into your speech
whenever it is reasonable.
CALM YOURSELF BEFORE SPEECH
Above all else, your speech will become a failure if
you get extremely nervous and psych yourself out.
To keep your emotions in check, try this simple rule:
Once you are one hour away from giving your speech,
stop working on it or trying to perfect it. Instead, throw
on your favorite music, take a deep breath, or do
whatever you must to become relaxed and comfortable.
This process will keep your composure up and your
emotions from getting the better of you.