How to Prepare Before a Speech

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Speaking in front of an audience can be nerve-wracking. Even if you’ve practiced, you can still be afraid that you’ll make a fool of yourself. That’s normal. Even skilled orators can get a little anxious before an important speech. What matters is how you prepare yourself before the big moment.

Practice Where You’ll Speak

When it comes to public speaking, most of the stress and anxiety comes from the unknown. You don’t know what’s going to happen or who’s going to be there. Or maybe you are not familiar with the location.

An excellent way to reduce some of your stress is to eliminate as many of the unknowns as you can. For instance, you can spend a few minutes in the auditorium before everyone arrives to get a better sense of the space. Or, you can meet and chat with the people you are going to be speaking to before your presentation.

Warm Up Your Voice and Body

When you’re giving a speech, your voice and body become an instrument. And, just like any other tool, they need to be properly tuned before you can rock the mic. Practice pronunciation with tongue-twisters to warm up your lips, tongue, and jaw. Perform a few, quick exercises to get your blood flowing and loosen up a little bit. Or, just stand up at least five minutes before your presentation to get your body comfortable in that position.

Verbal Exercises

An effective way to eliminate some of the stress and focus your mind on the task at hand is to practice your verbal jijitusu skills.

Pick a random topic, set a timer, and ramble on that topic for the next 15 minutes. The idea of this exercise is to help you learn to strategically thread from any topic to a preferred topic. In additon, you learn to talk on any random topic without any preparation. Make sure to record yourself with an audi recorder, and go back and listen to see how eloquent your speech was. The more practice, the better you’ll get. Once you learn to talk eloquently on any random topic, you have mastered the art of public speaking.

Do these exercises and by the time your big speech comes, you will be a well-oiled machine. You will be able to talk on any given topic and transit with ease between different ideas. Your audience will love your capacity to be versatile.






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