- 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: - and do not delude y ....
- Speeches - some of the commo ....
DO NOT SAY, FOR INSTANCE, 'COMMENCE' INSTEAD OF 'BEGIN' OR...
Do not say, for instance, 'commence' instead of 'begin' or 'request' instead of 'ask.' Above all, do not use words which you do not properly understand. Do not try to impress your audience by the use of ornate and pompous words or phrases. Those of the audience who do not understand will be irritated, and those who do understand them will think you pretentious.
By far the best plan is to use only words that you normally use in everyday conversation.
If you are trying to use words that are not in your everyday vocabulary, you run the risk of using them incorrectly. We do not mean that a person should not have an extensive vocabulary; in fact a good grasp of the English language adds colour to a speech and helps the speaker to string together good resounding sentences without the need for over repetition, but do not keep one vocabulary for speeches and the other for day-to-day use. Try above all to be natural. If you adopt a pose, the audience will spot it immediately.
Speak as you would in everyday conversation.
Do not think that speech-making calls for a more 'refined' or 'educated' language.
Making a speech is much the same as taking part in an everyday conversation; but instead of speaking to one or two people you are speaking to a number of persons at one time. Do try too, to avoid the use of foreign phrases. Unless you can really speak the language from which the phrase is taken it will sound 'phoney' and rather silly.
If you cannot pronounce a phrase such as 'savoire faire' properly, it is far better to use the English 'know-how.' Again, do not give foreign pronunciations to words which have become a part of the English language. Do not say 'Continong' when you mean 'Continent' or say 'When I was travelling in Espana' when you mean 'When I was travelling in Spain.' Steer clear of archaisms and cliches.
The use of such words or phrases is an affectation. The whole reason why a word is dubbed 'archaic' is because it is no longer used.