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.
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.
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…
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.
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/
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.
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