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5 Ways to Ace Your Speech

The empty lecture theatre doesn’t seem to scary, does it? What about when it’s full of unreasonable students, and you’re supposed to give a presentation to them in 10 minutes? Changes the situation a bit, doesn’t it? Following on from a few weeks ago, this week, we’re looking at the speech itself, in 5 ways to ace your speech.

  1. Write Your Speech

    Try to do it a week beforehand. This way, you’ll be thinking about it, and you’ll see any flaws, or improvements, long before it’s too late. This doesn’t mean start rehearsing right now, as you’ll probably find yourself remembering a few bits now and then anyway.

  2. Start Practicing

    But only one or two days before you’re due to give the presentation. Will you need to remember it in a few months? No? Then cram. Not only will it be fresh in your mind, but you won’t spend ages worrying about the way you pronounce words, or how long you should pause between topics. The less you think, you less you worry. Which leads us to…

  3. Don’t Think About It

    Giving a speech is a pretty autonomous task. The less you worry about it before, and during the presentation, the more calm and relaxed you will be, at least on the outside. The time to question what you’ve done is after, in the evaluation stage. So kick back, and listen to everyone else sweat through there 15 minutes of fear.

  4. Practice With Everything

    Saying ‘I’ll figure out the presentation timings on the day’ will not only make you look like you’re terrible with PowerPoint, but will make your classmates, and professor, rather annoyed. Suddenly wanting to put some humour in your speech probably won’t go down well either. So if you’re planning on straying from the boring-speech-with-no-visual-cues path, make sure you know what you’re doing/

  5. Have Visual Cues

    Visual cues help everyone, you and the audience. Let’s face it, they don’t want to listen to you. By giving them a handout, PowerPoint presentation, or prop to focus on, they were more likely to at least look like they’re listening. And they will provide you with memory checkpoints, by associating parts of the text with a slide, or image.

Thanks for reading. Do you have any other tips for the rest of the world? Let us know in the comments.


Dress to Impress

BASIX: This section is designed for the study newbie. Sure, you’ve been at school for years, but that doesn’t mean you’ve been doing it properly. Get up to scratch here.

You probably have your own style, but as a student, there are certain unwritten rules you should follow. Teachers have an expectation of what their prize students will look like. This may not be ‘right’, or ethical, but the student who is wearing neat clothes will generally receive more leniency at the start of the relationship than the one with the mini-skirt and sleeveless t-shirt. It is all about the impression you set when you walk through that door. You will also be set for the future, where you will be required to dress neatly for people to take you seriously. These sort of clothes are usually more comfortable as the day goes on, as well. Read More…

An Introduction: Habits of Mind

I first came across the Habits of Mind when I began high
school. They are an integral part of our education, and I firmly
believe they help students reach their full potential, whether they
realize it or not. Although the Habits of Mind are mocked by
students, the teachers persist in using them in assignments and
lessons, and they eventually reach students. Habits of Mind are not
a quick-fix solution like dieting pills and any product you may see
on any current affairs program. They are meaningful tools that
require effort to make an impact. Like any worthwhile solution, you
should not approach the Habits of Mind as a simple get-smart-quick
scheme. You need to be prepared to put the effort into learning,
incorporating and noticing the Habits.

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