Tips for Public Speaking

Tips for Public Speaking

Renee Wimberley, Seed Art Share, www.seedraleigh.org

 

  1. Think of your speech as a story you are telling. Identify the beginning, middle, and end.
  2. Circle and define any unfamiliar terms.
  3. Clarify correct pronunciation.
  4. Identify the objective of the speech. What do you want to do to you listener use active verbs such as:
    1. To convince
    2. To humor
    3. To entertain
    4. To console
    5. To motivate
    6. To apologize
  5. Circle your operatives (key words).
  6. Vary the following to make your emphasize your objective and operatives:
    1. Pitch (highness or lowness of voice)
    2. Rate (speed at which you speak)
    3. Volume (loudness or softness of voice) all must be heard
    4. Silence (carefully placed pauses for emphasis)
  7. Tips for using notes:
    1. Sturdy note cards, notebook, tablet, clipboard, etc. is best
    2. Stablize papers on a podium or notebook avoid shaking paper
    3. Turn page or card at the end of a thought-not in the middle
    4. Memorize first and last words of paragraphs
    5. The backside of your notes should be plain (black is great) and not draw attention from your face.
  8. Tips for memorizing speeches:
    1. Look down, memorize all you can, look up recite. When you can’t remember any more, look down and add on.
    2. Record yourself reading the speech and listen to it on a device until you know it by heart.
  9. Tips for using props or visual aids.
    1. Put them in order to help cue you
    2. Make them interesting but not distracting.
    3. Hide or cover them until you need them.
  10. Direct the focus to your face
    1. Audiences follow movement before sound.
    2. Check for any visual distraction (background, clothes, notes, and extraneous movement).
    3. Ground your feet and avoid rocking back and forth.
    4. Choose your gestures and movement intentionally.
  11. Rehearse your presentation (including props, notes, and shoes if desired) for feedback on articulation, projection, storytelling, and physicality.
  12. Presentation
    1. Expect to be nervous
    2. Be punctual
    3. Prepare your props, notes, etc.
    4. BREATHE!
    5. Identify your focal point.
      1. Make eye contact where appropriate.
      2. Find a spot on the center back wall just over the audience’s heads.
    6. Articulate
    7. Project
    8. Hold for laughs
    9. Finish strong. Say “thank  you” to your audience.