- 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: - do not say, for in ....
- Speeches - and do not delud ....
IF YOU CONCENTRATE TOO MUCH ON YOUR SPEECH YOU MAY...
If you concentrate too much on your speech you may find it suddenly stales on you, and that the words become a meaningless jumble of nonsense. If this does happen, try to forget the speech for at least 24 hours, or as long as you possibly can; put it right away in a drawer somewhere and take a fresh look at it with an open mind. Keep it brief You rarely hear complaints about a speech being too short, but you do hear many complaints that a speech was too long.
Most Dinners are followed by a cabaret and dancing, and the diners are naturally keen to get on with the enjoyment of the evening's festivities.
They will not thank you for keeping them from these pleasures for an unnecessarily long, boring speech. If you are given a time limit, keep to it; if you are not given a time limit consider the length of time you yourself would be prepared to sit and listen to a speech such as you are planning to make, then knock a few minutes off and use that as your time limit. And remember that when you time yourself you must make liberal allowance for pauses and, it is sincerely to be hoped, for applause and laughter.
It is better far to finish before your time than go rambling on beyond the time limit. How to write your Speech Prepare your speech in short sentences. They are easier to remember, easier to deliver and easier for your listeners to grasp.
There is nothing so pathetic-or ridiculous-as hearing a speaker start a sentence and then lose the thread of it so that he does not know how to bring it to a finish. As a beginner try to stick to simple sentences consisting of subject, verb and predicate and keep away from involved dependent clauses.
This may not be good style from a literary point of view, but it is the safest form of preparation for a speech. If you normally write in long sentences, split them up ruthlessly in the course of revision.
Remember that you have got to say them and breathe Any faults of this kind that you make in the preparation of the speech will come back on you when you commence delivery. Do not use long words if you know shorter ones that mean the same thing.