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What is the best way to prepare for speech presentation?



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What is the best way to prepare for speech presentation?

I have a speech presentation on Saturday in a seminar on the topic- " Effects of money devaluation in an economy".

I would like to hear some tips on how to prepare well on the subject and how to effectively carry out the public presentation without making a mess of myself. 

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Corzhens

The way I prepare for a lecture is to jot down the points of discussions. The list is actually a guide containing sub topics that I will later on elaborate. I guess you can also do that for preparing a speech presentation because a speech has lesser pressure than a lecture if you consider the questions from the participants that will ensue. If you have already prepared the body of your speech, identify the sub topics very well so you will not miss anything. What you have to memorize is only the sub topics and the rest of the ideas will come forth.



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Barida

Yeah, it is important for anyone that is preparing to give a speech to try and prepare better for it. There is always this saying that you won't get it right unless you have your points already tabled down for what you are preparing to do.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea you need to be fully prepared for the presentation and confidence that you are well prepared and ready for it.



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mitan143

Yes, practice really helps a lot. And we are not yet used to speech presentation or talking to VIP or to people then we must do some practice. I like how you prepare for your speech presentation. Good reminders and a must things to do.



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ElectorAlexande

I do have presentation and seminar I attend and have to say a word or two, I stick to how I have practice at home looking at the mirror and think of myself in a large crowd.



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Martinsx1

Thanks for your suggestions on how to go about with my preparations for this speech presentation. From the looks of it, I don't think that it's going to be easy for me. I just got a circular on the people who would be invited to the event and some of them are professionals in the filed but I'm definitely not going to let fear deter my confidence. I'm definitely going to prepare to the best of my knowledge and see how it goes.



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ElectorAlexande

Well I see, but don't let your guard down and be strong because your confidence give your the power to speak and win the heart of the audience, you just have to be very optimistic.



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Youngshark

Confidence really goes a long way as you can have a masterpiece ready but presented shyly then no one will take anything of value.



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theresajane

I agree with you. It is very important to jot down the key details of your discussion. Once you get the highlights, you'll be able to get the supporting documents that would but up your ideas, this, making the flow smooth.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea jotting down is good and you will be sure of what to say and elaborate better but to look professional I don't make use of piece of paper except the topic is way to difficult but I still buy this idea.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea this tips is also great to try out, I also do this sometimes but not always because I prefer going without a piece of paper.



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stormbreaker10

But before anything else, first is knowing your audience because in this you can prepare of your action like the body gesture, the informality of your speaking. Something like this.



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davedaot04

That's some valuable advice. If I can add something then it's preparing everything ahead of time, you should be well prepared so that confidence will just follow naturally, I mean that's really how someone can get confident and prevent being embarrassed in public, its preparation that leads to confidence which then leads to success and happiness.



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jaybee19

Personally, I prepare for my speeches by reading and understanding the content of my speech presentation and making sure that I have researched enough to support it. I am actually not the type to memorize things and I also hate reading scripts but I don't know about you so forgive me if I am giving unhelpful suggestions/advice. I am actually fond of impromptu speech but if I have to deliver an informative one, I always write a break down of the points I have to make or the subtopics I have to elaborate just to make sure that I'm on the right track while I'm delivering my speech. Also, I do some unnecessary things like talking to myself in the mirror, and being extra positive before my speech so that I won't experience nervousness of any kind. Lastly, I drink lots and lots of water to prevent dryness of throat and most importantly, I rehearse, just to make sure that I am prepared.



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Martinsx1

When you it comes research, I have conducted an extensive research on the subject matter already but I'm still having a feeling that that it's not enough.I'm still going to see what I'm going to come up with tonight before the time for the presentation tomorrow. There is nothing like making too much preparation I suppose.



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ajahcuizon

Just take courage and let yourself be on the time of your presentation on that way you won't feel nervous for your speech. I'm quite sure that you're presentation is done since you mentioned that it is the other night. I wonder how did it go? Hoping it is a success.



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Martinsx1

It was a great success my friend. I must confess that I had my doubts about how I'm going to perform in the presentation but as it kicked off, I found my feet and it was all a snowballing presentation. Thanks for all the tips you all gave me, they really helped me.



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amelia88

I think it's one of those cases where practice makes perfect. If you've got family members or friends to practice in front of, I'd do that. If you don't, try practicing in front of a mirror, or even setting up your phone to video record yourself. Playing your speech back to yourself helps to easily identify things to change in the speech, or better ways to deliver things.



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mark8625

What you have said are really a good pointers. I did some of those and it is very effective. Once you are in front of your audience dont get nervous, show them that you are confident to deliver it to them.



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amelia88

I've definitely found that they've helped me along the way. I used to be a really nervous public speaker, but I've found that practicing speeches before the event in those ways I mentioned really do help me to feel more calm and prepared.



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mark8625

I used to feel the same way too when I was in school. But when I graduated and started working I eventually used to it. I could speak in front of co-managers during meetings and presentations without feeling nervous.



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ElectorAlexande

I still feel that way too but mine has been but under control and I feel public speaking should be fun.



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ElectorAlexande

It has helped me too and it's still helping because I do attend public events very well so I prepare before hand.



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mark8625

Public events would help you to boost your self confidence because you are aware by many people around you. It is a goo practice and very effective too.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea that true, your confidence shows that you know what you want to say and how to say it.



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mark8625

Yeah and people would feel it when you have confidence in delivering your speech the way your body language moves and the sounds of your voice.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea I think this is also a good way of practising, so that they can act as your audience.



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teremisuu

Yes! As you practice more, you become more comfortable with your speech. Also, when actually saying your speech out loud, you are able to hear it and you can probably even make corrections and improvements along the way. Practicing your speech again and again gives you a sense of control and confidence over it.



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beerthooyah

My instructor in journalism once said to me that in preparing for a speech you should have a topic to talk about. Then outline the content of your speech into three to four parts. The first part will be used as an opening remarks which may include an opening thought followed by greetings to your audience. The second part will be the body or the main discussion of your speech. You may include fables or anecdotes which is somehow connected to the theme of the speech. The third includes additional information or thought that will leave your hearers a something to think about after the speech. The last part includes the closing remarks or salutations. It is in this part that you are going to finish the speech.



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theresajane

I like this organized plan. I think, everyone has their unique way of preparing before they have their speech presentation, but this one is the most doable and most organized that anyone can follow.



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Martinsx1

I had the speech presentation carried out in this manner and it was a wonderful speech judging from the standing ovation I received on closing the speech.

It wasn't an easy task but I'm sure I did well because my boss took a great pride in the work I had done.



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Barida

Mirror preparation is always necessary for anyone that is having a presentation. One way that one can achieve that kind of feat is to focus on what we actually want to do on that day and pick out the points. Once you have your points organized the way that you want them to be, then there is a possibility to make everything work pretty fine for you.



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amelia88

The mirror tactic seems to be one that a lot of us incorporate. It's definitely helped me prepare for speeches - there's something nice about seeing your mannerisms and delivery right in front of you. It makes it easy to improve. Plus it's not as nerve wracking as doing it in front of a crowd while you practice!



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Martinsx1

"... Mirror preparation is always necessary for anyone that is having a presentation.. "

Here, you are referring to practicing in front of the mirror at home before the day of your presentation. I'm very sure that this technique will be very helpful in getting the speech presenter to build up his or her self confidence.



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rmbsuarez

I am a freelance speech writer and public speaker, as well. There are several tips that I can share in preparing for a speech presentation. First and foremost, know your topic. It is important that you know what you will talk in front of a group of people. You should be knowledgeable in your topic and you can do that through matter loading and few research. Second, make an outline. Usually speeches are being timed. Hence, it is important that you know how to maximize your time. Outlining is the best way to maximize your time. You should not write your whole speech because it is time-consuming. It is better to write your key points so that you will have a clear guide of what you will say. Lastly, be confident. Learn to relax by breathing in and out. Remember, your content will be useless if you will look nervous on stage. Trust yourself and you will surely rock it.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. Having an outline of the speech would be better than having it all memorized technically in your mind. It will you to control you usage of time as sometimes you might tend to forget on the main topics because of your eagerness to explain your topic thoroughly making you to overtime. Confidence is also a must as you have to have trust to yourself that you can do it.



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amelia88

Knowing what you're talking about is key. I think it doesn't matter how good of a public speaker you are - if you don't know your content then you can end up really embarrassing yourself, especially if there's a question and answer session with the audience after your speech.



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Martinsx1

Thanks for these tips which you took time in explaining in details. I know some of them already but how you discussed them further is very helpful as well in getting me to know exactly what to do, how to do it and when to do it.

I also picked up recently that eye contact with the audience while presenting the speech helps a lot in getting your message across with authority.



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iambeth

I have stage fright thus I don't do public speaking. But during our seminar class I would always practice in front of the mirror a day before my presentation. I would record it so I would be able to review the things I said and delete the things that are not significant.



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amelia88

I used to have a real big fear/anxiety of public speaking too, but it was weird...the more I did it, the easier it got. The more I avoided it, the more I would dread it and get anxious. The human brain is very interesting in that regard, with how we end up fearing things.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, I agree with you. Practicing your mirror is a good way if you want to exercise when you will do a presentation.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea it makes you see what other will be seeing when you are on the stage and help you structure your face to look charming when addressing them.



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Martinsx1

I have heard a lot of people dealing with stage fright by using the technique of mirror preparation and presentation.

Even though you are speaking in front of the mirror all alone by yourself, it helps you build your mentality and psychological disposition before going onto the stage to present your speech.



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superlicca

Having a clear understanding of the topic that you are going to present is really important. You also need to consider your audience. The purpose of your speech presentation is to inform and entertain your audience that is why practicing a lot before that day is a must. You can practice your speech in front of the mirror so you will see your facial reactions and find what needs to be improved on your speech. You can also do the practice with your friends and let them judge your performance. Their feedback will also help you improve your presentation.



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burgosmichael24

All the comments mentioned above are all good and truly helpful. In addition to that, you can use the PREP formula which stands for Point, Reason, Example and restatement of your Point. This will help to make your speech brief and concise and also on point. You can add this to all the wonderful ideas above to create an impressive and inspiring speech.



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mitan143

One of the scariest thing in my life is the speech presentation. I admit I'm not good at speaking especially if the report is very an important to be discussed well. I often remember times of my speech presentation during my college days because of the defenses we do. Despite that I'm afraid of doing speech presentations, I do practicing on my own talking to the mirror. And I watch different videos for speech presentations, how they talk and how they deliver their reports. I'm not really good at expressing my thoughts in speaking style so I couldn't give wise advises. All I know is I'm just doing my job right that time.



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amelia88

Learning how other great speakers deliver their talks is a wonderful learning tool. I watch a lot of TED Talks, and I find that there are some speakers who really are able to connect with their audience. It's a good way to learn tips and tricks for my own speeches.



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ajahcuizon

I have researched about having speeches in front of large group of people and I have learned a lot of tips from it. One tip is that, you should learn your speech by your heart and not just by your mind. Also, don't practice in fron of a mirror as it may distract you and might cause you to be self conscious. Instead, practice in front of a friend or family so that you could ask them if in what point you would need to develop. Just always remember to be yourself and don't try to be someone who are not you in front of the people. Be confident and comfortable so that you won't feel too much pressure. Also, take a good sleep before your speech, goodluck.



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amelia88

I think learning your speech by heart is very helpful. Not having to be distracted by written notes or cue cards makes a speech much easier to deliver. The only thing that would make me nervous is if I forgot my speech and then didn't have any backup to refer to!



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jayjaydimson

Well, if you have a speech presentation, you should have some practice before you present it because practice makes fewer mistakes.



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mark8625

Often said by many that Practice makes Perfect which is true but there is other thing that needs to be considered like if you are very much prepared and ready you gonna have a high self confidence which will help you to not feel nervous anymore.



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Youngshark

I always love practicing on the mirror first before I can actually bring myself to go in front of an audience. It is always important to know if you have the courage required when alone rather than being a sheep in front of an expectant crowd.



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stormbreaker10

First, do the topic guide. Second, study twice of your search topic to make it polish and Last, is practice your speaking in the mirror while spitting your topic. It really helps me a lot. Lol.



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katarinamurtin

The mirror thing really works! I do it . Sometimes I even dress myself as if I am going to do the presentation in my bedroom and practice speaking in front of an audience, asking questions, explaining pictures, graphs and charts (as for me the most important thing is to every thing that is on your presentation has some meaning and it has to be explained).



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amelia88

I totally believe in the mirror thing too. I think it's one of those "fake it 'til you make it" situations. If you can act confident and self assured in front of a mirror, it's easier to be confident in front of a crowd.



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mark8625

That is very effective. I used to use mirror also when I had a speech and even a meeting in the office. I practiced with the mirror and it is indeed very useful.



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NerdIndeed

That's a good tip. Practicing in front of the mirror does help. It allows you to know how you look like when you deliver the speech. Nevertheless, it's still about practice.



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HappyLady

I get to handle a microphone a fair bit. Research how to hold a microphone as many people don't understand how. Never have copious notes. Put together a coherent list of points and don't make the speech so long people get bored. It is rude to go over time allotted. Pay attention to personal dress as you will feel better if you do and look better. If you get scared of the audience imagine them all in funny hats. I am sure your speech will be fine. To help with nerves, take a deep breath and count down from 20 backwards. look at your audience and not at the ceiling or floor but avoid too much eye contact. If anyone is moving around or looking bored remember the rest of your audience are not. Don't let a rude person unnerve you. Include some lighter moments in your speech as you can and vary your voice a bit as a monotone sends people to sleep.



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mark8625

What you have said are all good pointers and it really helps a lot. Very informative and attention to details.



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luv2xacosta

Do some research about the topic. You can also read some books and try to relate it as what was happening to your surrounding, List some pointers that might help you get your audience attention. Make the topic very interesting by making some relevant examples that happen in the society.

If you have a stage fright, try to practice your speech in your family like for example to your mother or try talking in the mirror. I don't when try talking to the mirror, whenever I talk in front of the people it it helps to calm a little bit and stos me from shaking my hands or even my voice.



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hstinscdln

Practice in front of your friend or family. If you just want to prepare on how you are going to say the words, then record it in your phone and listen to it. I'm no expert, sometimes I just go right on the spot. There are times that I don't practice or anything because it would look unnatural. Don't pressure yourself. Your experience in that speech would even be your stepping stone.



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jpk0007

I think that writing a speech and presenting it in front of the audience does need some amount of planning and preparation if you are doing it for the first time or if you are new to this activity. Many experienced public speakers can directly go in front of the audience and express their views on the given subject on the spot. I guess writing down the most significant points of your speech and explaining them in detail when you actually give the speech won't be difficult if you practice it a few times in front of a mirror or in front of your friends and family.



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Judas2018

  • Practice as much as possible before the big day.
  • Make sure you bring some water with you to keep your mouth moist and hydrated so your words will flow well during the speech
  • Breathing exercises to relieve any stress or tension before the speech
  • Make sure to eat something before the speech. Not a huge meal, but enough to keep your stomach from rumbling as you're speaking. Which can be very embarrassing.



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esteban123

I think for me the best way to prepare for speech presentation is of course to practice your speech before the required time for you to present since it will give you an idea on how exactly you are delivering your speech to the public. It can give some hints or ideas if you are doing it correctly or if there might be needing some adjustment that you are going to make.



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mdayrit

Only ways that I do whenever I need to speak in front of an audience is to practice, read and prepare answers to possible questions. I practice saying my speech over and over in order to avoid forgetting parts of it or mispronouncing words that are not common for me to say. Then I read informations related so I am equipped with data if there are unexpected questions that are not in included in my speech. Lastly, I will already prepare answers for questions that I think will be asked by audience.



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gutzman

I know that it is late for me to share my thoughts but I just want to know if there are others who do the same way as I do in order to have a successful speech. First off all I study all the angles of the topic. You should know more the topic than anybody else in the room or place where you are going to make the speech. This will prepare you for surprise questions. After that, I don't memorize everything unless it's a name, title, date and the like. I just have to know everything and what's the relation between them. That way even though I forget something, I will be able to relate it to my first thought and eventually remember the part I missed. Next is to think on how would I relate myself to the topic to make it personal. If you can relate your audience to your topic, it would be very effective. Lastly, I would look for a related quote or most of the time, I make my own in order to start or end my speech to leave a mark to the audience.



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agbuyarashel

I have presented only one speech when I was in Senior High School and even though I'm so nervous I was still able to do my best. My proffessor even do things to distract me and it worked because I forgot my lines, good thing I can make up for it by using different terms abd sentences vut with the same thought that I used on the speech I made.
To prepare for your speech, you should focus on understanding and memorixmzing the thoughts first, then when you are done, proceed to memorizing the whole speech.
Thus texhnique will help you incase you forgot your lines and if you made a mistake never let the viewers notice it and you are good to go.



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Jelineex

Well, with all the tips and suggestion from friends. You are now ready to face your audience. You know your topic well and read it first. Remember, it only takes a minute to be nervous but you will be fine. Don't get too serious about speech. Just be confident and feed some humor during interactions. To add interest and fun discussion. Good luck!



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NerdIndeed

It's also good to keep in mind to prepare answers for anticipated and obvious questions that might be raised to make it easier for you to resolve them.



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Jelineex

Well for me it's not necessary because when you know your topic well. You can always answer questions easily. Sometimes, participants don't asked question when they understand the topic thoroughly. There are also instances that participants aren't interested to listen especially when the speaker is boring. They feel sleepy and keep on yawning. It only means they are physically present but mentally absent.



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NerdIndeed

I guess you're right. There are different strokes for different folks. As for me, if ever my audience feels sleepy, its either my topic is boring, or I'm a boring presenter, or I have the wrong audience. Either way, it's something way beyond one's control.



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Kakashi2020

My suggestion is to get all dressed up and rehearse you're speech in front of a mirror while recording it. This is what I always do before any speech presentation. Also before starting your speech, it's best to exercise your jaw and your mouth to loosen it up.



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NerdIndeed

Practice, practice, and more practice. Practice makes perfect. If you're going for perfection, it is a must.

If you're anxious in front of an audience, make sure to hold something in your hand, like a paper clip or some sort. Transfer all the uneasiness you have from your fingers to the paper clip. Play with it, and you'll feel much better.

You're welcome.



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jaymish3

Learn all you can about that particular area. Jot down all the points that you want to cover in your presentation. Go through roughly a couple of times what you want to present. Under all your points jot down areas that you want to speak on. Prepare a power point presentation. This will help you remember what you want to explain. Don't memorize what you want to explain, relax and remember its never that serious. Do your best and I think you will be fine.



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kaushikangara

Prepare your speech well in advance. Practice in front of the mirror multiple times. Ask your friends to become a panel and hear it out. Also, ask them to raise questions and answer them honestly. This would certainly boost up your confidence as a presenter and would help you ace your presentation. Mugging up the presentation would result in negative result, you may forget some points and you cannot give your 100%. Try to remember important headings and then you can cover up on the matter.



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Judas2018

The using friends as a test audience scenario is a great idea.



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cmoneyspinner

The best way to prepare for a speech? Practice it! Practice in front of the mirror. Record yourself and play it back. If you have a spouse, a sibling or a friend, ask them to listen to you and provide criticism.



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esteban123

Sometimes when I am to prepare a speech before when I was still studying I usually faced on the mirror and do the practice by speaking my speech loudly as much as I can so that I can see for myself if I am doing it right and if I need to do some adjustment with my voice and tone. Facing in front of a mirror is really an effective way to easily noticed on how we speak words on our own.



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rlpzbeermoney

I know you've heard it countless times before but practicing infront of a tall mirror is the way. Believe me. It's better to come prepared and having practiced your speech beforehand than just winging it on the spot. Yes, some people wing it but not everyone can do it. Based on past experiences, I tried winging it due to procrastination and a few incidents have caused me to further worsen my fear of public speaking. *Flashbacks of embarrassing moments* PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!



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YoloBoy

It's best to practice in the mirror or to recite it with a small group of your friends or family. It would be much easier and better for you to do this because you get to practice before doing it in a live and open place. I have done this many times especially back in High School where I would talk to the whole school campus or I would recite a message to the student body. There have been times where I have messed up my words and lines but I made sure of it that I would make a comeback to it. I always practiced in front of my teacher so could you with a friend or a family member. They will be able to judge and correct you to increase your skill and to perfection your speech performance.



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