You have been asked to speak at an event
There is only 1 week until the event
What do you do?
I cannot count the amount of times someone has said to me, “I just wing it, I am confident about speaking in public”. And when I ask how they know if their speech has been effective, they look at me with a blank expression because the idea of their speech being effective had not occured to them.
Here are 5 reasons why you should never wing it.
- You will not have the exact message you want to give to people worked out
- You will not know what you want your audience to do
- You may go all around the houses with you speech because you have not prepared a structure
- You will be trying to remember what you are going to say, all through the speech and that is nerve wracking
- You audience deserve for you to have prepared your presentation or speech
That is not to say you cannot do a presentation or speech at the last minute, but you should be able to work out the structure, the message, what you want from your audience and your call to action in the week, day or hour before someone asks you to speak.
I am often asked to do a presentation or speech at the last minute, and I have never just WINGED it. I spend at least 5 minutes working out what my message is and what I want your audience to do and how I can get that in, in the time allocated to me.
So if you think you can just WING a presentation or speech – think again.
Top public speaking tips
Big speech coming up? you need these top public speaking tips.
It is a great skill to know how to confidently deliver a speech in public. No matter the type of crowd you are speaking to, it is key that you speak with confidence and are able to get the important points across. Here are some great public speaking tips to help get you started.
When you speak in public, remember that people will not automatically follow what you say. Getting the attention of an audience isn’t always easy and keeping it can be even harder. You will need to use multiple tactics to keep their attention.
Before you do anything else, memorize your speech when you are getting ready to deliver a presentation. Once you have your speech memorized, then the delivery method you choose can be worked on. Having it memorized ahead of time can help you learn how to comfortably ad lib when in public.
If you want to speak and public and make a good impression, then preparation is essential. Be prepared when it comes to your topic. Support your statements with facts, when necessary. Have an outline of your speech on paper so you can refer to it while giving your speech. Practice daily until you know your speech by heart. Prepare yourself so you are able to feel confident during the speech.
Know your material as best you can. Even when memorizing a speech, you should know the figures, facts, stories, and jokes that relate to your topic. Work them in where you think they fit and will engage your current audience. Also, use them to answer questions and back up the substance of your speech.
When you give a speech to a crowd it is important that they can see your face. This will limit the amount of distractions that you have. If you want to engage your audience, you need to give them all of your attention.
Practice your speech once it’s memorized. Practice it frequently, and make adjustments as you see fit. Make sure you master proper pace and breathing. Ensure your speech allows for interruptions, such as applause. Use the equipment you are going to use for the speech to practice if you can.
Look at the room you need to make the speech in. Find out if there is a microphone. If there is equipment you’ll be using, learn about it before the speech. Decide how to use visual aids for your speech. Make sure you understand what an appropriate level of eye contact is.
No matter what kind of mistake you make, simply forge ahead. If you go back in time to try to cover something that isn’t fully necessary, you could find yourself becoming confused and lost in the speech entirely. In addition, others are unlikely to recognize the omission if you don’t draw attention to the issue.
Learning to speak in public can be a great benefit to your career. It is vital for you to persuade people when you give speeches. Use the ideas presented within this article to do just that.