Delivering a speech or public speaking can be challenging, especially when you’re not used to talking in front of crowds. But don’t worry; delivering a speech can be a piece of cake when you follow these steps:
1. Understand the Essence of Your Speech
Memorizing is one thing, but in order to deliver a speech well, you must understand the essence of your speech. Learn the topic that you are going to discuss; study it. What is the main thought of each paragraph? What thoughts are you trying to impart to your audience? In order to deliver a good speech, you must know the real meaning behind the topic you’re going to talk about. That way, if ever you forgot one of the lines, you can easily improvise and come up with an adlib with the same thought and essence of the original line.
2. Pauses, Tone and Emotion
Speech delivery is more than getting a certain message across, some can do that by simply reading a piece of paper. No, delivering a speech also needs the proper mixture of the right pauses, tone and emotion in it in order to capture the minds and hearts of your audience. In your copy of the speech, while still in the stage of memorizing, it helps when you mark the lines where you should pause. Don’t go on reading that speech straight. Pauses add drama and emphasis to certain key points of the speech. Plus, it also helps you keep the audience listening. Certain changes in tone and giving emotion to a certain word make you sound more interesting. A monotone speech is a boring speech. Bring life in the speech. Look into what you want your audience to feel, and deliver it by mixing the right emotion and tone into your speech.
3. Keep a Copy in Hand
When actually delivering a speech, it helps to keep a copy handy. This way, when you seem to forget the next line, you can easily glance at your copy. Make sure to bring the copy that you have with you when you were practicing—the ones with the pause marks, necessary notes and the like.
4. Communicate with Your Audience
Don’t forget to communicate; that is one of the main purposes of a speech after all. You have to get a message across and you must also leave a mark in the people that you’re talking to. Make eye contact; move your head to correspond with the tone you’re inflicting; use appropriate hand gestures; repeat a certain line for emphasis.
A memorized speech is useless if it wasn’t delivered well, so when you’re up there and about to deliver your speech, you must make sure that you’ve elicited emotion, at least made them think or at least got them to listen to your message till the end.Publisher: pauline c. tome