Tips on How to Present Your Speech
Presenting a speech is a rather fussy process, which may affect different people in different ways. One may be too agitated or, on the contrary, too eased off. Without appropriate experience, one may start feeling sick or blacking out. In other words, giving a speech is what you must prepare for carefully.
Let’s assume your speech is written. You have practiced your performance a lot of times. You are more or less sure of yourself. The day when the speech must be presented has come and you are a footstep away from the stage.
The day of your speech
- Put on suitable clothes. Depending on your target audience, you may choose either formal or informal style. If you are to present your speech to businessmen, dress like they do to show your credibility. You have to be on the same page with your audience.
- Set all your materials in order. Check if you have all your papers and the speech copy with you. Once you are on the stage, there will be no time to search for your notes in the pockets.
- Check the stage and the room. Ask someone to stand at the back of the room and check if he or she can hear you well enough to understand what you are talking about. If you plan to use a microphone, ask for a sound check to avoid background noises during your performance.
- Check your equipment. If you intend to present any visual aid, check if your computer and the screen work properly. Make sure that everything is visible to the audience. Don’t forget to shut off your phone or leave it on the backstage. If you are going to use paper-based graphs, set them up in the right order and check if there are any papers missing. Double-check it all according to your speech plan.
- Put your hands in order. Depending on whether you will be sitting at a table or standing at a podium, decide what to do with your hands.
- Have some water with you. Your speech may make you thirsty. So, don’t hesitate to ask for a glass of water.
- Look in a mirror before appearing in public. Check how you look both from the back and from the front. Don’t forget to do your hair. If you are wearing makeup, check whether it is not smudged. Remember, fine dress helps to impress.
Double-check all of the above. If everything is done, you are ready to appear on the stage. Keep calm and take a deep breath. Speak slowly and look around the audience, make them feel involved in your presentation. And if something goes wrong, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself, it will prove that you are easy to communicate with. Show your confidence to earn their respect. Respect is everything.