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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: - just before you are ....
- Speeches - automatically you slip int ....
YOU WILL PROBABLY BE AFFLICTED WITH WHAT ACTORS CALL 'STAGE...
You will probably be afflicted with what actors call 'stage fright'. And as any actor worthy of the name will tell you, the performer who does not suffer from 'first night nerves' is not a true actor. Overcoming stage fright is solely a matter of confidence and therefore the first lesson you must learn is that it can be overcome. It will help you if you realize that it is a universal affliction of speakers and not peculiar to you.
Remember that the most eloquent speakers whom you hear now were probably very nervous and 'stage struck' when they first began to speak in public.
There is only one certain way of overcoming nervousness, and that is simply practice.
Practice by yourself in an empty room or to the rest of the family-if they will permit it But whenever you do practice do it properly. Make it a dress rehearsal, as it were, and try to imagine that you are addressing a real audience; otherwise it will be of little help. Practice with the speech you have prepared and also with some of the Example Speechs we have included.
To begin with you can simply read these aloud; then try to deliver similar speeches without looking.
When the time comes for you to deliver your speech you will probably find this simple exercise helpful.