#Immediacy on speech making

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Advice and help for would be speech makers

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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: - a common error is ....
  • Speeches - the same thing a ....


Letters that often get lost are final 'd's' and 't's', and 'k's' and the 'g' in words ending in 'ing'. To say 'that time' or 'and did' correctly involves a definite pause between words. In practising this you may find at first that it sounds stilted and awkward; but with further practice you will eventually find it just as easy to pronounce the words correctly as incorrectly. The pronunciation of the final 'r' depends upon whether or not a vowel begins the next word.

In the expression 'weather bulletin' for example, the 'r' at the end of 'weather' is barely pronounced, but if you say 'tar and feather' you must pronounce the 'r' in tar distinctly. You must not, as has already been said, put in an 'r' to join a word ending with a vowel to a word beginning with a vowel as in 'the idea of' (not 'the idearof'). All these errors can be avoided if you practise saying each word slowly and distinctly and pronouncing every letter that is not mute. It is a good plan to practise speaking before a looking-glass to make sure you are using your lips, teeth and tongue in the proper way. Bad vowel sounds are usually the result of failure to open the mouth properly; slackness over the letters 't' and 'd' is caused by failure to bring the tongue in proper relation to the teeth.

Most dictionaries give pronunciation as well as definitions, and whenever you are in doubt you should check these.

..... 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'; ....

..... the same thing applies to delivering a speech; after a

The same thing applies to delivering a speech; after a few practise runs in front of the bedroom mirror all these things will operate in a perfectly automatic nor ....

..... the chairman has only to say 'i now call upon

The chairman has