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- Write your own mini-biography to send or hand to whoever is introducing you
- Know who you're talking to
- A handout of some sort (business only)
- Prepare. The better prepared you are, the more you'll be able to make your talk sound less formal and friendly
- Give your audience the big picture in your introduction
- Aim for a balance of emotional and rational
- Humor is almost always welcome (not rude or too personal)
- Practice modulating your voice (up and down, no squeaks)
- Practice in front of friends (honest feedback please)
- Make eye contact with your audience
- Speech Making Explained: - you may be dismayed ....
- Speeches - having decided not ....
THE MAIN ONE BEING THAT IT NEVER SOUNDS REALLY CONVINCING,...
The main one being that it never sounds really convincing, and the audience is unsympathetic from the start. There is the famous case of the speaker who stood up, solemnly produced a sheaf of papers from his pocket, adjusted his glasses and began to read: 'It is with considerable surprise that I see so many faces of old friends before me.' The old friends laughed-but only because he was reading it and thus giving away the fact that he had written those words before he knew how many old friends would be there.
Another disadvantage of reading a speech is that the speaker does not allow himself the opportunity of modifying his speech in the light of what has been said by previous speakers. This latter disadvantage applies equally to learning by heart and then reciting. This is not such a bad method as reading, but it is hardly to be recommended. Unless the speaker is naturally a brilliant actor, the speech will probably sound flat and artificial.
There is a further danger. Unlike an actor, the speaker has no prompter and, if through an attack of nerves he 'loses his place', there will be no one to cue him in and utter confusion and, maybe, panic will result.
The third method is excellent for the practised speaker, but hardly recommended for the beginner.
It involves a heavy strain on the memory, and adroitness is the use of words.
The fourth method is probably the most suitable for all but the most accomplished speakers. The work of memorizing the speech is done automatically in the preparation and in the case of a long speech the notes will simply be 'abridged notes'. That is to say you will make a note of all the main themes in your speech with just sufficient words to remind you of the context of that section of your speech. An example of abridged notes will be found in our Example Speech speeches.