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25 Effective strategies for a great speech

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25 Effective strategies for a great speech

Learn how to give an All-Star speech every time.

Did you know that giving a speech tops the list of most common fears? Standing in front of a group of people, hoping you don’t mess up, and praying that the words come out right is frightening. Try these tips to help you stay calm and give that all-star speech that you’re capable of giving.

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Learn how to give an All-Star speech every time.

Did you know that giving a speech tops the list of most common fears? Standing in front of a group of people, hoping you don’t mess up, and praying that the words come out right is frightening. Try these tips to help you stay calm and give that all-star speech that you’re capable of giving.

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#publicspeaking #speech #learning #growth #success #careers #public

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25 Effective strategies for a great speech

  1. 1. SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO Give an All-Star Speech 25
  2. 2. 2 Did you know that giving a speech tops the list of most common fears?Standing in front of a group of people, hoping you don’t mess up, and praying that the words come out right is frightening. Try these tips to help you stay calm and give that all-star speech that you’re capable of giving.
  3. 3. 3 1. WRITE IT DOWN. Many people sit down to write a speech and get so hung up on making it perfect that they never finish it. When you sit down to write your speech, just write. Write down whatever comes into your mind and save perfecting it for later.
  4. 4. 4 2. Rewrite It. Now that you’ve gotten your thoughts down, change it as much as you want or need to. Rewriting is easy once you’ve gotten your initial thoughts down on paper. A word processor on your computer with copy and paste makes this a breeze.
  5. 5. 5 3. Create an outline. Arrange the key points in the order they’ll fall in the actual speech. This will help ensure that you don’t leave out any important parts and you touch on everything you need to say.
  6. 6. 6 4. Use everyday language. Using words that your audience will understand and relate to is very important. Otherwise, the audience will lose interest because they can’t grasp what you’re saying.
  7. 7. 7 5. Use descriptive phrases. The audience will be able to follow along more easily if they can visualize your words. If you’re giving a speech at a wedding, for example, replace: “He got all dolled up to take her out” with more descriptive language. Instead, talk about what the groom was wearing, about how he fixed his hair, and how much time he spent on it. The audience will appreciate it because they’ll be able to “see” what you mean.
  8. 8. 8 6. Use statistics carefully. Instead of rattling off a bunch of statistics, only use the most important ones. Audiences struggle to relate to spoken numbers. Your listeners want to get to the heart of the matter. If you need to include statistics, give a few at a time and always include a real-life anecdote to go along with them.
  9. 9. 9 7. Use Humor. Injecting some fun into your speech is a great way to get people interested. Start off with a small joke relating to the events of the day. Use small (clean!) jokes throughout the speech to keep the audience involved and alert.
  10. 10. 10 8. Keep the jokes to a minimum. Yes, humor is great for speeches. But don’t let your speech turn into a stand-up comedy act. If you’re giving a speech, it’s probably because you have something to say and a point to drive home. Get to the point of the speech and use humor sparingly.
  11. 11. 11 9. Include pertinent information. If you’re giving a speech about a cause, an issue, or an organization, include all necessary information the audience may need. If it’s a fundraiser, include how the audience can donate money, the organization’s website, and any other ways they can help. Strive to anticipate all audience questions within your speech.
  12. 12. 12 10. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. The best speeches are the ones that sound natural. So practice your speech aloud several times. Then, when it’s time for the big show, the words will come naturally and automatically.
  13. 13. 13 11. Practice your speech in front of a mirror. Saying your speech in front of a mirror will show you how you’ll look to the audience. Do you look nervous? Are you staring down at the paper? Seeing what you’re doing wrong will help you to fix it before the speech.
  14. 14. 14 12. Practice in front of a friend. After you’ve practiced in front of a mirror several times, get an outside party’s reaction. Ask a friend or family member if they’ll listen to you give your speech. They might notice things you didn’t and offer valuable advice. Typically, they want you to look good almost more than you do!
  15. 15. 15 13. Control the volume. You want to be sure that everyone in the room can hear you, and not just the front row. Be careful not to shout into the microphone, but speak loud enough that no one will miss a word. Usually, speaking just a bit louder than normal conversation is a good measure to use.
  16. 16. 16 14. Use visual aids. Have charts, flyers, or brochures printed up to hand out before your speech. These allow your audience to follow along with you and keep on track with what you’re saying. Visual aids also provide a good memento for people to take home with them to remember that speech you worked so hard on.
  17. 17. 17 15. Speak from your heart. The most powerful speeches are those where the audience can tell the speaker has a vested interest in what she’s saying. Allow your passion to shine in order to have the greatest impact on your audience.
  18. 18. 18 16. Avoid fidgeting. There’s nothing that shouts ‘lack of confidence’ quicker than someone who can’t stand still while giving a speech. This doesn’t mean that you have to stand like a robot. But it does mean you should avoid playing with your collar or twisting your body when you speak.
  19. 19. 19 17. Pause appropriately. Allow some short breaks in your speech to allow people to absorb what you’re saying. This works best after each main point you want to drive home. But don’t let the pauses go too long or use them too often. This makes it look as though you’re struggling to find the words.
  20. 20. 20 18. Visualize. Before you give your speech, visualize what the room and the stage will look like, and what you and the audience will look like. Visualizing is a great help when it comes time to deliver. It’ll feel as though you’ve already “been there,” which will make you more confident.
  21. 21. 21 19. Time it. When you’re practicing, time your speech so you know exactly how long it’ll take to deliver. If you go over the time limit, trim some unnecessary sections. And if you have too much time, add more info or stories.
  22. 22. 22 20. Stay positive. Even if you’re giving a speech on a sad or unpleasant topic, find a way to put a positive spin on it. Let the audience know there’s something that can be done, that there’s hope, or that something good came from it. Staying positive will keep your audience interested and motivated.
  23. 23. 23 21. Ask questions. Involve your audience. This is a great way to keep them interested. Ask questions that require a show of hands. This is a great way to warm them up and it’ll lead naturally into the speech.
  24. 24. 24 22. Move Around. Moving is different than fidgeting. Walking around the stage can help keep your audience interested and help you reach different members of the audience because of your close proximity to all of them at some point during the speech.
  25. 25. 25 23. Write only your outline and main points. Of course, writing your entire speech for practice is helpful. But on the day of your speech, bring only an outline with a few key points for greater spontaneity.
  26. 26. 26 24. Make eye contact. Connect with your audience by looking into their eyes. Look at audience members in different parts of the room throughout your speech.
  27. 27. 27 25. Thank your audience. It’s important to remember that every person in your audience took time out of their lives to come and listen to you. Thank them for listening and for being a good audience. They’ll appreciate it and will remember your speech with a smile.
  28. 28. 28 With planning and preparation, you can make an all-star speech with confidence. Practice, know your subject, and go for it. Before long, you’ll confidently deliver speeches that your audience will be thrilled to hear!

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