- 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: - the same thing appl ....
- Speeches - the chairman has ....
A COMMON ERROR IS PUTTING THE WRONG STRESS ON A...
A common error is putting the wrong stress on a word and you will find that usually the mistake is in putting the stress on the second syllable when it ought to be on the first.
Some examples are 'capitalist' for 'capitalist'; 'applicable' for 'applicable' ; 'comparable' for 'comparable' and so on.
Other errors in pronunciation are the simple result of errors in spelling, usually accompanied by a misunderstanding of the word. Your dictionary will tell you for example the difference between 'complacent' and 'complaisant'; 'effect' and 'affect'; 'perspicacity' and 'perspicuity'; 'ingenuous' and 'ingenious' and many others. It will be noted that most of the errors are made in long or relatively long words.
This is yet another arguement in favour of using short and simple words. Why say 'mendacity' when you mean 'lying', or 'mendicity' when you are referring to 'begging'. The use of the simpler term would save you a lot of trouble and be much more understandable to your audience. Final advice.
The beginner may now feel a little bewildered with all the many instructions on the correct way to deliver a speech, but constant practise will soon overcome this. Car drivers may remember their very first lesson in driving. One feels that there is so much to do, so many motions to go through that one despairs of ever actually getting the car mobile, but by the time of the third or fourth lesson, most of these actions have become automatic, and by the time we have taken our Test, we scarcely have to think about them-the actions are almost as spontaneous as the action of walking.