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"Half the world is composed
of people who have something to say and can't; the other half have nothing to
say and keep saying it."
Anyone can give a speech.
Not everyone can give an effective speech. To give an effective speech there
are 6 elements you should consider.
- Be Prepared - Being
prepared is by far the most important element. How many times do you practice
your speech? As a general rule, you should spend about 30 hours of preparation
and rehearsal time for every hour your will be speaking. Use a tape recorder
or videotape yourself. This will help you to get an accurate picture of how
- Give of Yourself - Use
personal examples and stories in your speech whenever possible. Make sure
your stories help to emphasize or support your point. The stories must match
your message. Use examples from your personal and professional life to make
your point. In either case be willing to give of yourself by sharing some
of yourself with the audience.
- Stay Relaxed - To stay
relaxed you should be prepared. Also, focus on your message and not the audience.
Use gestures, including walking patterns. Practice the opening of your speech
and plan exactly how you will say it. The audience will judge you in the first
30 seconds they see you.
- Use Natural Humor -
Don't try to be a stand up comedian. Use natural humor by poking fun at yourself
and something you said or did. Be sure NOT to make fun of anyone in the audience.
People will laugh with you when you poke fun at yourself but don't over do
- Plan Your Body & Hand
Positions - During the practice of your speech look for occasions where you
can use a gesture. Establish three positions where you will stand and practice
not only how to move to them but where in your speech do you move. Pick three
positions, one on center stage, one to your right, and one to your left. Do
not hide behond the lectern. When you do move maintain eye contact with the
- Pay attention to all
details - Make sure you have the right location (school, hotel, room & time).
Make sure you know how to get to where you are speaking. Ask how large an
audience you will be speaking to. Make sure you bring all your visual aids
and plenty of handouts. Arrive early so you can check out where you will be
speaking and make any last minute adjustments.
It is very important that
you pay attention to even the smallest details. You can never overplan. Remember,
"He who fails to plan is planning for failure".
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