Speaking in front of a group of people is one of the biggest fears that many of us face. However, such fears are usually unfounded and can be overcome if you take a few steps to help insure that your speech goes well.
What is important to remember is that you are trying to convey a message to your audience, what they think of you, your presentation and how you pronounce each of your words is beyond your control. All you can do is the best job you can in delivering a speech.
So keeping that in mind, here are a few tips that you can use to help prepare yourself in giving the best speech possible. All of these tips are easy to utilize and with enough practice you’ll be speaking with confidence in front of any group.
Use Cue Cards, Teleprompter or Write Your Speech on Paper
Let’s face it, a teleprompter is the greatest invention ever when it comes to speeches. It lets you look at your audience while delivering your speech. If you can, practice a bit with the teleprompter before speaking so you can get comfortable with the cadence.
If no teleprompter is around, then cue cards are quite good as well. Whether they are the small 3 x 5 index cards or larger ones that someone holds for you, cue cards will let you get through the speech much easier. Finally, have a hard copy of your speech handy at all times. You never know if the teleprompter may break down or you cannot see your cue cards, so keep the speech handy.
They say that practice makes perfect, all you want to be is clear and concise when delivering your speech. Practicing allows you to find any weak points in the speech and make corrections and improvements. Quite often, you’ll find yourself chopping out parts of the speech that simply do not work, making it more concise and powerful.
Limit the Distractions
When you practice, do so in a room that is free of distractions. The bathroom is often one of the best places since you can lock the door and really hear yourself deliver the speech. Of course, you’ll have to think of the others in the household if there is no other bathroom, but any room that is free of distractions will do.
Don’t Overdo It
You can always go too far in practicing your speech. Overdoing it leads to making mistakes, emphasizing the wrong words and even disrupting your cadence which makes the speech more uncomfortable for your audience to listen. You should practice enough to get the speech down and make corrections and then go over a few parts here and there until its time to deliver your speech.
Get a Good Night’s Rest
Once you are ready, you will need to relax. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep and enjoy your breakfast in the morning. Don’t worry about your speech, just relax as much as possible because the more comfortable you are, the better your speech will sound to your audience.