Does the thought of writing and delivering a speech terrify you?Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Most people share your fear.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ But why remain scared of public oratory when the solution to this age old problem is so simple?Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Follow these simple speaking tips and you’ll be ready to present a decent speech next week.
First, take a deep breath and relax your mind.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Your challenge is to speak to an audience about a topic that you know something about.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ In other words, you will be sharing your knowledge in a conversational manner with people who are interested in what you have to say.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Here’s a relaxation tip:Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Arrive arrive early for a presentation.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Meet everyone in the audience that you can.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Now you’re suddenly talking to acquaintances and notÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ total strangers.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½
Second, break down the elements of your speech.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ A simple technique to use in your opening is the Attention Grabber Question.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Ask the audience a question that will force them to respond either aloud or to themselves.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ This will get people involved with your topic and provide you with the positive feedback you need to share a quality message.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Decide on three main body points that you want to cover.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ You may even choose three stories or anecdotes to use as the body points.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ That will make audience sharing even easier.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ The goal is to make you feel like you’re telling aÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½story to a friend.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ The only difference is that you’re telling the story to ten, twenty, fifty or one hundred friends!
Finally, your conclusion must challenge, issue a call to action, or motivate your audience to do something positive with the information that you’ve just shared.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ The conclusion is the mostÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½frequently abused piece of a speech.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ The speaker typically hurries to finish and leaves out a profound bit of wisdom that the audience needs and wants.
Speaker Beware – Don’t try to memorize your speech word for word.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ If you lose your place andÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½grasp for the exact word that makes up your script,Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ you may draw a mind blank and panic.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ I learned this lesson the hard way while delivering a speech to a group of total strangers.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ I felt humiliated and incompetent.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Luckily, an experienced speaker in the audience gently gave meÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½this sageÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½advice:Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Share, but don’t recite your information.
Let’s look at a simple speech topic that can quicklyÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ be developed into aÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½complete presentation.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Suppose you want to talk about container gardening.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ An Attention Grabber Question might be, “How many of you have a green thumb?”Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ “Well neither did I until I started dropping plants into pots.”Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Audience members will either answer yes or no to the green thumb question.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ You have their involvement at this point in the beginning.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½
Your three main body points mayÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½feature three different types of plants you have successfully grown in containers.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ For added impact, show pictures of your work or bring a sample of your passion for gardening.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Props always add another dimension to your presentations.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Let your excitement aboutÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½the topic fuel your words.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½
In the conclusion, simply tell the audience how easy it is to begin container gardening.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ You may even give themÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½resources to explore for more information.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ This leaves the audience membersÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½with valuable advice that they can use after leaving the room.
For beginning orators, consider taking a three by five note card to the lectern.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ The card should only feature the Attention Grabber Question, the three main body points, and the profound conclusion that sends the audience home feeling content and fulfilled.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Glance at the card only to keep order.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Make an effort to look at each audience member.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Use a sweeping eye movement so that you’re sharing the information with everyone in the room.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ As you gain confidence as a speaker, you can experiment with hand gestures, vocal variety and body movement.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ These skills will develop with practice.
When you get that next speech assignment, decide to share and not recite your wisdom.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Break down the elements of the presentation.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Don’t let the project overwhelm you.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Make sure you give the audience members something to take home.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ You are offering some information that they can use.Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ With a positive, sharingÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½attitude, you can knock out aÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½quality presentationÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½in only 5 – 7 minutes!Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½