Preparation is key to giving an effective speech. If you want your audience to retain what you’re saying, it’s important that you convey your message in a clear and concise way. It’s also important to make sure you have your facts straight and that the conclusions of your message are sound.
Here are some tips to help you prepare:
- Basic sequence. When it comes to giving a speech, there are many things to consider. If you want to make an impression, you’ll need to create a speech that is organized logically and doesn’t jump around. The best way to do this is by organizing your thoughts into an outline before diving into the content. Generally, there are 3 parts to a speech: opening, points, closing.
- Practice, Practice, Practice. The best way to prepare for a speech is to rehearse it. No matter how often you have given the same speech, it is always wise to rehearse it at least once before delivering the speech. There are a few benefits of rehearsing your speech. Studies have shown that taking a break between tasks (in this case rehearsing your speech) can help increase productivity and creativity. For one, if you have not done a speech in awhile, it will help you remember key points and get in the right mindset. Apart from breaks, get your friends together to listen to your speech. It can be like you are presenting in front of an audience.
- Comfort is key, but there are many occasions when you will need to be dressed professionally, whether on a live occasion or a virtual one. When deciding what to wear for the presentation, it is important to, first, identify if there is a dress code. This can sometimes be a requirement from the organizers, such as beach theme, black and white theme or even casual. Even with the theme or requirements, it’s best to match the theme with something you will be comfortable in.
- Familiarize yourself with the venue. It can be the stage, the seating arrangements, room size and other setup of the venue that will help you or distract you during your speech. When you’re doing a virtual speech, you will need to familiarize yourself with the app or equipment such as the controls: mute button, video buttons, switching between apps or menus on your laptop.
- Visual aids are a great way to help the audience, as the name suggests, visualize what is being said. Visual aids can come is a variety of items such as charts, graphs, pictures, props and slides. They can also be used to reinforce your points in an interesting and compelling way. These should be use to aid your speech and not be the main focus of your speech.
The most effective presenters are those who engage with their audience and construct a narrative around their topic. This comes to life when the presenter have made necessary preparation to the speech.