Sunday, January 28, 2007

Speech Delivery Tips - 10 Tips For Giving A Good Speech

Does the thought of making a speech in classroom or making a business presentation make you nervous? You are not alone, many people have stage fright.

In order to help you, I have compiled a small list of 10 speech delivery tips so that you can put up a good performance.

1. While practicing your speech at home, practice it out aloud, preferably in front of a mirror. Notice your body posture, your facial expressions and your tone of voice while practicing the speech. You may also use a recording device to record and listen how you sound.

Practicing in front of mirror can be an excellent way of preparing for speech delivery for an upcoming event.

2. Know your topic well. It helps to know your subject as much as possible and prepare thoroughly. Knowing your subject thoroughly can add to your confidence levels.

3. On the morning of your speech, avoid carbonated drinks as they may dry up your mouth.

4. Once you stand on stage take some time to relax and gather your thoughts. Do not be afraid of pausing momentarily during your speech if required. Remember you do not have to speak continuously without stopping, you can very well afford brief moments of silence in order to organize your thoughts and continue.

5. Reduce fear of the audience. You can do this by realizing that usually the audience will be on your side. They want you to do well and want to hear what you have got to say. There may be a few mischief-makers in the audience, but most of them are not likely to be so. So it is best to ignore the mischief-makers.

Think that you are talking to your friends. Having a positive and friendly perception of the audience can increase your confidence levels. Talk to your audience as if you are talking to a group of friends or to guests at a party.

6. While starting to speak if you notice that you voice is shaky, take a pause. Clear your throat, drink some water and take deep breaths to cool down your nerves. Use of voice in speech delivery plays a very important role. So try to speak in a calm and composed manner. Speak slowly and clearly.

7. Focus on someone sitting at back of the room, this might have a calming effect on some speakers.

8. Pretending that you are a professional on TV or Radio can sometimes help.

9. If people ask you questions and you do not know the answer to some of those questions, do not be afraid to acknowledge so. You do not have to know all things.

10. Have a good ending statement prepared in advance. While writing down the speech, make sure you have written a good ending statement so that you do not end with an awkward silence or say something like " I guess this is the end of my speech".

Its not necessary that the ending statement is a dramatic one, even a simple well-thought out statement should do the job.

Public Speaking Courses and E-books Online:
1. For more tips, check out this public speaking course : master public speaking

2. Speak With Confidence - Learn how to overcome speech anxiety and master public speaking. Develop rapport with your audience and learn to answer hostile questions.

3. FAQ's on Public Speaking - This ebook covers wide range of topics like how to make interesting speech, how to turn nerves into positive energy, how to be yourself and still entertain the audience etc.

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