- 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: - don't allow yourself ....
- Speeches - it will be seen ....
KEEPING YOUR SHOULDERS BACK AND YOUR ABDOMEN DRAWN IN SLIGHTLY...
Keeping your shoulders back and your abdomen drawn in slightly will help you to do this. Breathe in more air at every opportunity. Inhale only through the nose if you can; it is important that the taking of a breath should be accomplished in silence.
If you are speaking into a microphone this is essential. Give yourself plenty of opportunity for taking fresh breaths. Do not attempt to deliver too many words without a pause or you will find that you are forced to make an unintended pause simply to take in more air. This can spoil the effect of your speech.
The new or nervous speaker is often detected by the 'breathy' way in which he or she talks. The new speaker tends to gasp slightly with each word uttered and it has a very poor effect. Do try not to fall into this error.
Speaking up It goes almost without saying that a speech should be audible, yet inaudibility is one of the commonest errors in public speaking to-day.
Once you have got control of the audience's attention, you will find that the room is quite quiet and that you are able to continue speaking without any conscious effort of having to shout above the noise. But on rising to your feet however, your ears will probably be assailed by the noise of chairs being slightly pulled around for better comfort and vision; of glasses being raised or lowered with a clink; of coffee cups being returned to the saucer with a clatter and you must commence your delivery firmly and clearly enough to overcome all this extraneous noise. Audibility is quite simple even for those who have not got naturally powerful voices.
Anyone can speak clearly and well. First of all open your mouth properly. Don't mutter through clenched teeth or compressed lips.
Speak each word clearly, giving full measure to the end of the word.