How to make a Speech
There are not many things that scare my brother. After all he is a wrestler and boxer so it doesn't faze him to get into a tussle, yet he fears speaking in front of an audience. Like numerous other people, he is scared to death about making any kind of presentation in front of an audience. It is sometimes said that some people are even more afraid of doing a speech than death. In this day and age public speaking, as a student or a professional, may be unavoidable. Luckily, there are several steps that can be taken to have a successful experience as a public speaker.
The first step in making a great speech is preparation. One of the most common reasons why people get nervous is because they don't know what they are talking about. The first thing to do is choose a topic you know a lot about. Knowing what you are presenting is much more comfortable to broadcast. For example, speaking in front of teachers about education might be nerve racking if you don't know much about education. If needed, consider reading on the topic or searching the internet for more information. Another way to prepare is to make some sort of outline to follow, to keep thoughts organized. There is nothing worse than going in front of a class then forgetting what to say. So making an outline with a preview statement, at least two main points, and a summary will help prepare for the main event. Being prepared will greatly boost the speaker's confidence.
The second step in making a great speech is recognizing nervousness and doing something about it. Nervousness is inevitable even for experienced speakers. So in order to do something about it one can take a few steps to manage being nervous. Often times when people get nervous they tend to get jittery. A commonly used technique is to wiggle your toes or grab the side of your chair and squeeze it. Even a simple walk before the presentation can help. The idea behind these techniques is to get the blood moving...