Delivering A Speech or an Oral Presentation
It is always easiest to give a speech that you feel comfortable with, and the best way to do so is to create and work on it yourself and read it aloud or practice it several times. You may use flashcards to aid your memory. It is ok to have the speech in front of you but you should be careful not to read from it the whole time because it does not look very professional and it gives the audience the feeling that you are not very sure of or familiar with the ideas you’re communicating.
Your notes could consist of the keywords or points you will bring up during your presentation. Take a look at the following tips:
- Speak clearly, and adjust your voice so that everyone can hear you. Don’t shout.
- Speed. It is common to rush through the speech and speak fast when one gets nervous, so try to take your time while talking and try to make it sound as natural as possible. Remember that a speech can be considered as a conversation with other people.
- Be yourself. Allow your own personality to show through in your speech.
- Practice in front of a mirror, tape record your practice, and/or present your speech to a friend.
Being able to cope with anxiety before delivering a speech might be easier if one is well prepared. The speech should ideally be completed several days beforehand so that you can concentrate on rehearsing it.
The Role of the Members of the Audience
Presentations not only involve a speaker but an audience as well. People should be attentive, respectful and not make noises, talk or do anything that can distract the orator. In turn, he or she can use an age old trick to communicate more efficiently by giving their complete attention to a member of the audience at a time. Switching from one person to another, for instance watching someone in the eyes while speaking, will send the message that you really care for them, and for your message to be understood.