Giving a Speech Soon? Don't Touch the Microphone Before Practicing These 4 Things First
Giving a speech can be absolutely nerve-wracking. It doesn’t just make you feel weird in the stomach, it can also reflect in your voice. And before you know it, everyone in the room knows you’re nervous. But there are ways to make sure you nail down those speech points, and not just give an eloquent speech but a fantastic presentation.
Here, we’re going to give you four useful things you can do to make sure your give not just a good speech, but one that’ll be remembered. And you’re going to feel great when you give it, too!
1. Practice in the Room That You’re to Speak In, or Make One That’s Close Enough
Learning through environmental immersion. If you can find a moment to practice in the very room you’re going to present in, it not only gives you a sense of where you’ll be, but it will help you prepare yourself on how you will need to project your voice. Are you giving a speech in a coffee shop in front of your poetry circle? Or are you giving a speech in a grand amphitheater before international delegates? Do you have a choice in where you’re giving the speech?
And if you can’t get into that space, find a space that is like it, or if you can, create a space at work or at home that makes you feel like you’re there.
2. Reading Your Speech to Yourself as If You’re Speaking to a Friend
We talk at our best when we’re talking with friends. And if you can find a friend to practice with: great! But if you can’t, try to find a place to stand and practice your speech to yourself. Standing will help you get used to the fact that you may be standing behind a podium or walking before a large presentation screen. And speaking to yourself will help you test the flow of your words and phrases. Try to keep your tone and pace conversational, this will help reveal if there are parts where you may stumble on your words or maybe a phrase has some really awkward pacing. This is a great way to quality check your speech.
3. Craft Your Visual Presentation
Speeches are great on their own, but having a visual aid helps in drawing the audience’s attention, especially to key points of your speech if you want to drive a certain message. There are various ways that you can make a visual presentation. One way is through using videos or video montages, but another way is through animated slide show presentations. To craft a great slideshow presentation, you’ll want to make sure you have more than just stock pictures from PowerPoint. Beautiful.AI gives you access to tons of free photos, for example, that can help liven up your presentation.
4. Don’t Discount the Last-Minute Rehearsal
While it is important that you practice before the day of the speech, it never hurts to practice on the day of the speech as well. In fact, it might actually help. Not only does it help reinforce your confidence in your presentation, but it also helps bring the speech to your short-term memory as well as your long-term, in the back of your mind and at the forefront. The speech becomes your whole focus.
Regardless of where you’re giving that speech, if you follow these steps, you’ll feel more comfortable with yourself, more confident in your speech skills and in the speech that you’ve written, and you’ll also have a vibrant presentation to draw your audience in and keep them following your every word. Remember that it’s not just about your words, it’s how you say them, it’s how you stand before your audience, and what visual aids you use to place emphasis on your speaking points.