You’ve been asked to give a big speech at a business meeting, or perhaps asked to give a presentation about your company at the local community center, or maybe it’s a speech you have to give in school. Whatever the reason for the speech, some people enjoy speaking in public, while others feel that public speaking is a fate worse than death. So, why the difference? Public speakers need to take certain steps to ensure that they are prepared for the speech, and if you need to give a speech, you can give a speech and sound like a pro, too.
Regardless of the subject, venue or amount of people in the audience, one of the most important parts of giving a professional speech is preparation. It is important that you prepare for the speech by giving the talk on something you are familiar with. If you are an accountant, a topic like financial planning is more appropriate than one on nuclear science. Once you have a topic in mind, you can begin to prepare your speech.
To help prepare for your talk, it is important to know how much time you have for the speech, whether it is just a speech or a question and answer session. Once you have the format of the speaking engagement, you can consider the topic, and research the subject matter. Start by supplementing your knowledge with information from the Internet, books, magazines and other sources, you can come off sounding like a professional in that field.
Another factor in preparing for you talk is the audience. You need to make sure that your talk will be appropriate for the audience. For example, if the talk is with a group of school children, you need to make sure that you keep you speech appropriate for the age level. Keeping the speech appropriate for the audience will help keep them involved and interested, which in turn will make your job easier.
Now that you know the topic and the audience who will be hearing your talk, the next step is to write your speech. While standing and reading a prepared speech is not recommended, you do need to organize your thoughts into a format that will make sense to your audience. Begin with an outline of what you want to talk about and from there fill in the details. Once you have your speech prepared, it is important to practice, practice and practice!
Once your speech is ready and you feel comfortable with the content, you’re ready to go. Prior to going in front of a live audience, if you can give a practice speech in front of a friendly audience, that helps. When giving your speech, it is important to talk normally (don’t rush through it), keep a relaxed body language and give the speech as if nobody was there. It may be helpful to look at objects in the room, and not focus on any people in the room.
Public speaking can be a nerve racking experience for novices. However, if you know your subject, prepare and rehearse your speech, you will come across like a pro!