– Don’t go unprepared for any speech
– You would have to speak up!
It is not surprising that many people still don’t know how to make their public speech effective, thus many flop during presentations.
Below are a few practical ways to make your public speech effective.
Be adequately prepared
Make adequate research on your topic. You need to understand everything about it so that if you are asked to answer a question, you won’t disgrace yourself there.
While preparing for the speech, practice all you are going to say and do preferably in the presence of other people so that they can correct your wrongs.
Try to Impress them
It is only what you are saying and your confidence that can impress them. Go in with a very nice introduction so that you would win their heart from the beginning.
If people can’t hear what you are saying, then your speech would be a waste of time. Even if it is not really convenient for you, try your best to make sure that they all hear you.
Keep it short
Too much of everything is bad. Try to be brief. It is better to be brief and impress people than for you to give a long speech and bore them.
Try to say appropriate things to make them laugh, but keep it short. It would be hard for people to be bored when they are busy laughing at something you said.
Leave when the ovation is at the loudest
Make your last sentence a thought to ponder upon because that is what most people would remember. After that, don’t forget to leave when the ovation is at the loudest.
Even if the presentation was forced on you, don’t let your listeners know this through your actions. Avoid reading your script and once in a while, maintain eye contact with your audience. I know it may not be easy, but try.