I have broken down the process of developing and giving a great speech into three distinct stages with three main points per stage.
That means there are only nine total points to learn in order to create and deliver an effective speech in even the most nerve-racking of circumstances.
Here’s how to speak in public without fear.
Stage #1: Preparing The Speech Or Presentation
• The most effective speeches have five parts:the introduction, the first point,
the second point, the third point, the conclusion.
• The Introduction: Inform the audience of what they are about to hear in the speech.
• Give the First Point.
• Give the Second Point.
• Give the Third Point.
• The Conclusion: Remind the audience of what they just heard, then end the speech.
• If it is applicable, make up note cards to use during the speech with the general ideas, points, and specific examples or statistics that must be included.
Also, do not write full sentences on the note cards, instead make quick bullet points of the information that can be glanced at and then expanded upon.
• Rehearse the speech in front of a mirror until the note cards are an afterthought.
Then, give the speech in front of some friends and family so that when it’s time to give the official speech it’s not the first time it’s being done in front of our audience.
Stage #2: The Nuts & Bolts Of Giving A Speech
(What To Do While Giving A Speech)
• Focus on different sections of the audience at once by standing in front of some people while looking across the room at others. This way both sections of people feel like they’re being engaged at the same time.
• Even if it is not required for the speech, dress nicer than the audience or utilize a specific look or uniform. The main point here is to stand out. Speakers should never blend into the audience.
• Speak slowly and clearly and use dramatic facial expressions combined with distinctive non-verbal body movements. The reason why this is important is because
speakers need to separate their message from normal everyday type conversations.
(What To Not Do While Giving A Speech)
• Don’t image the audience in their underwear or anything stupid like that. That old trick doesn’t work because there’s always at least one attractive person in the audience who takes up too much of the speakers focus.
• Don’t laugh or giggle during a speech unless there’s a joke involved.
• Don’t apologize for anything during the speech.
• Don’t read the speech directly from the note cards.
• Don’t lean on or clutch onto the podium.
• Don’t single out a couple of members of the audience and speak just to them.
• Don’t go over the speech time limit. It’s always better to keep the speech shorter rather than longer.
Stage #3: The Extras Of Giving A Speech
• Use dramatic hand motions to emphasize and bring more attention to main points.
• Use alternating vocal rate, volume, pitch, and pauses to grab the audience’s attention and suck them into your speech.
Rate = Alter the speaking speed throughout the speech.
Volume = Alter the speaking volume from very loud or extra soft during the speech.
Pitch = Alter the vocal pitch to prevent sounding monotone. Focus on starting and ending every sentence differently.
Pause = Simply stop speaking at times and let the silence add extra strength to the message.
* Action Step *
Using the three sections above, write a five minute speech on a topic of your choice.
Then, give the speech in front of a friend or family member. If you need to use note cards as you give the speech, that is okay; however, you must give the speech enough times until you are able to give it while only glancing at the note cards.
Next, when the speech is finished, ask your audience to write down three aspects of the speech that they think need work.
Don’t argue with your audience’s suggestions to improve your speech. Simply take their advice and work it into the speech where it feels comfortable.
Then, give your speech again to a different audience and ask for their feedback as well.
Do this three times total and record a summary of your audience’s suggestions so you can refer back to them for future speeches.
Summary of audience #1)
Summary of audience #2)
Summary of audience #3)
That’s ultimately how to speak in public without fear while further tapping into our inborn power. This will bring us closer to living as the most complete version of ourselves immediately.
How To Speak In Public Without Fear Now
– Written by Motivational Joe