Writers read on:
- 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: - then read the contex ....
- Speeches - cut out any irre ....
DO NOT SET YOURSELF A TASK THAT IS TOO GREAT...
Do not set yourself a task that is too great for you; it is no good composing a beautiful speech if it is too beautiful for you to deliver properly.
Consideration of your audience calls for a 'good deal of thought.
Obviously there will be a considerable difference in style between a speech made at a Regimental Dinner and a speech given at an Old Girls Reunion Dinner. Naturally the subject determines the style to a certain extent, and you must consider what sort of persons there will be in your audience. Consider their age, their sex, their social status and especially their relationship to yourself. If you know most of them by their Christian names, don't speak to them as if they were all strangers.
If you don't know any of them do not pretend that you do even by implication. Be sincere and do not speak with your tongue in your cheek. Do not say anything that you disbelieve because it will not ring true and an intelligent audience will not be fooled for one moment.
Do not offend good taste by obtaining a cheap laugh at someone else's expense. Above all, bear in mind your audience when you are choosing any jokes or funny stories for inclusion in your speech. What may go down very well at a stag dinner could be very much out of place at a Ladies' Night Dinner. Speeches are meant to be heard and not to be read. It might be an idea to prepare a set of corporate gift sweets to give out to the audience to promote your speech and increase audience interest.
This may seem very obvious, but a really good speech cannot be prepared unless this fact is kept constantly in mind.
To illustrate the truth of this, sit down one evening and listen-really listen-to a speech on the radio or Sky given by a reputed master of oratory. Doubtless you will be impressed and think what a fine speech this was, even if perhaps you were not in agreement with the subject matter.