There are 5 things you have to keep in mind while giving speech. They are
Who is listening to your speech – your audience?
- You need to at least know who is and will be in the room.
- Ask beforehand about whom the target/actual audience are made up of. Knowing a little about their preferences will also serve you well
- Ask and answer the following questions before you even start
- What will be the subject?
- Who will be there?
- What will be the spirit of the audience?
- How long should you speak?
- What is expected of you as the speaker?
- Will there be any other speakers?
- You will be able to step out and onto any stage with confidence. [Improve Self Confidence]
- Orient yourself and be willing and capable of adapting when required.
How to start? – The beginning of your speech – your introduction
- There is truth to the phrase first impressions last. Take a good solid stance, relaxed posture and be modest.
- Adapt, adjust and emphasize, amplify, or change course as required to address the needs and expectations of your listeners and audience.
- Merge and immerse yourself in the task, topic and message in hand. This is not about you!
- Public speaking to an extent is all about being an effective leader! Grab and rivet attention and gage the effect of what you have to say across the room and audience.
How to proceed and what to do next?
- Gradual, climactic development, modulation and volume of voice, earnestness of feeling, intensity of facial expression and greater breadth and variety of gesture
- Highlights throughout the speech also help you to engage and spark renewed interest!
- Watch for distractions, disengagement, shuffling in seats, weary and/or disinterested parties with attention fading fast!
- As the topic unfolds, you should be able to tell that you are making some headway and taking the room with you on this oral journey.
- Do not lose control of your audience; take them with you every step of the way.
What are the highlights of your message? – The climax
- Where is the top-spot and destination on your oral journey, where are you taking your audience? What is the destination?
- Ensure that you engage all your vocal faculties and competencies, like play,- voice, gesture, facial expression and body movements,
- It is up to you to know this and ensure that you accompany and lead the audience to it. Both process and outcome is important here.
- Imprint the message on their minds, hearts and memories
- There should be no difficulty in getting there is you stick to your well-laid out plan and structure.
How to close the speech? What to do afterwards?
You can close with the climax or speak a few final words, it is up to you. Keep it brief though. Ensure that what you have to say in addition to what has already been shared is meaningful, concise, important and dignified.
Give a little tidbit or food for thought and that is it. Rest your voice and thank everyone for their time and attention. You can enjoy and acknowledge the applause as well.
Getting some rest after you are done is important. At a later time you might be able to reflect on how it turned out and give yourself some feedback (get some if they have taken feedback at the event and review the comments in your own time) refreshing.
If you do this, you can also set priorities for your own development and continued growth and practice.