1. Nervousness is normal. Get comfortable and practice!
People feel certain physiological reactions, such as pounding hearts or trembling hands. These feelings should not be confused with the fear that you will fail or make a fool out of yourself. Some nerves can be good. You will feel more alert and ready for your best performance when you get the adrenaline rush from sweating.
Preparing, preparing, and preparing again is the best way to overcome anxiety. Make sure to review your notes multiple times. Practice a lot once you feel comfortable with the material. You can either videotape yourself or ask a friend for feedback.
2. Get to know your audience. Your speech is about them, not you.
Before you start to write your message, think about who it is for. Find out as much as you can about your listeners. This will allow you to make informed decisions about your words, information level, organizational pattern, and motivational statements.
3. To achieve your purpose, organize your material in the most effective way.
The framework of your speech should be created. Write down your topic, central idea, and specific purpose. In the first 30 seconds, grab the attention of the audience.
4. Pay attention to feedback and adapt to it.
Keep your eyes on the audience. You can gauge their reactions and adjust your message to suit their needs. A canned speech can confuse or lose attention to even the most dedicated listeners.
5. Let your personality shine.
In any communication, be yourself. Your personality will make you more credible and your audience will be more likely to trust your words if you are real.
6. Use humor, tell stories, and use effective language
Your audience will be entertained by a humorous anecdote. People appreciate personal touches in speeches. This can be achieved by telling a story.
7. Do not read unless you have to. Use an outline to guide your work.
The interpersonal connection is broken when you read from a slide or script. You can keep your eyes on the audience and focus on your message by keeping them in close contact. You can use a brief outline to help you remember the basics and stay on track.
8. Make sure to use your voice and hands effectively Omit Nervous Gestures.
The message is carried most effectively through nonverbal communication. A good delivery doesn’t draw attention to the speaker, but rather conveys his ideas clearly and without distraction.