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- 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: - if you concentrate ....
- Speeches - do not say, for ....
CUT OUT ANY IRRELEVANCIES OR REPETITION AND IF YOUR SPEECH...
Cut out any irrelevancies or repetition and if your speech is to include any facts or statistics, check them here and now to make sure you have them correctly. Never take chances on proven facts or figures because you may be sure that someone in your audience will spot any mistake and once you are detected in error, you will find that there is an air of general disbelief covering your whole speech. 'He (or she) has made one mistake' will be the obvious reaction of your audience 'He has probably made many others ' Now that you have marshalled your ideas and got them into some form of order try saying the speech out loud and testing it for smooth running and unobtrusive lead-ins from paragraph to paragraph and subject to subject.
This is the stage when you will discover your own personal characteristics with regard to speech making. You will notice that you tend to put emphasis on certain words and on certain phrases. Sentences written down in your notes will just not lend themselves to being spoken aloud, and you will find yourself automatically correcting them as you go along. When this happens make pencil corrections to your jottings and keep on saying dubious phrases and sentences over and over again until they eventually 'come right.' Now you are ready to write your model speech.
With the aid of your notes, corrections and amendments you can write out your entire speech in the way in which, more or less, you will deliver it on the night. You may find that your speech needs revision during the next day or so, for each time you read it over you will doubtless find some improvements to be made.
In your search for perfection however, do not overdo the revision and pruning work.