Speech Tips – 10 Steps On Holding Inspiring Speeches

August 15, 2009  |  Study Skills

1. Confidence

You have to have a positive sensory orientation towards your speech, learn to have confidence. Unfortunately there is no secrets to this, you have to rehearse over and over again until your confident that you can make it.

Did you know that most people can easily distinguish between a speaker who is confident and an uncertain one? This is why you ought to never read your speech directly from a piece of paper. It gives people an extremely bad impression.

2. Spice your speech

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech”

Make your performance remembered, make it tasty and try your outmost not to bore people. We all dislike hearing a boring professor speak, why commit the same mistake? A good way to spice your speech is by adding quotes to it, the more the merrier.

By the way, young folks are part of this culture where one uses some keywords over and over again which could make your whole presentation contaminated. Watch out for words such as; “like”, “well”, “you know” etc. A good way to counter this is by using alliterations, ie.

A sentence where all the initial letters in every word start by the same letter. For example: “Cool! Crusty┬┤s car crushed Carl”. The important things is; be innovative when it comes to speeches!

3. Your posture

Your “body language” could turn out to be more crucial than you think, some people even claim that it might be more important than the speech it self! Make sure you have a firm control over your body and try your out most to diminish the use of unnecessary movements. This might distract the audience and your recital might even be viewed as void.

4. Eye contact

Be cautious concerning your eye movements. You should avoid starring at someone/thing provocative, you do not want to be angered, annoyed or aroused when speaking.

5. Water

I think that this one concerns those of us with a Y cromose a bit more; men often speak louder and less calmer then women. Here’s where you need the water, loosing your voice in the middle of the presentation is bad idea! If your equipped with a bottle of water, your problem is fixed, plus you get a few extra seconds to fetch your thoughts as your drinking.

6. Cards

Ever watched one of those lousy talk shows they air all the time? I am sorry if I brought back bad memories from the days you use to watch this garbage but in case you paid attention back then you’ve probably noticed howtalk show hosts use cards when speaking.

This is an excellent move, because of a number of reasons:

a) Looks professional. b) By using keywords and sentences, you can summarize a long speech. c) You avoid using normal (A4) paper, if your hands shiver when you speak in public, the paper might shiver and produce a certain sound of ‘pure embarrassment’.

7. Tools

Do you know how to make a power point, flash (or the like) presentation? If the answers yes, then what’s stopping you? In case you do decide to use a sideshow, be sure to avoid disturbing animations or music, it might distract your audience. Simplicity usually works the best.

8. Speak with good manners

This must be emphasized; speak in a gentle and respectful matter as this gives you more credibility. You have to avoid using bad words, phrases or even exessive use of slang can degrade your performance.

9. Your ending

Try to make your ending summarize your whole speech, be innovative and make sure you don’t neglect this part. A good ending will often compensate for a bad introduction.

10. Practice
Good speakers practice a great deal. It’s true that some people have always been good at speaking but even then, they keep on training to improve their performance. Among the ten listed, this one is certainly the most vital so keep it close to you.

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ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


2 Comments


  1. Ok, this sounds good. Thanks for the advice.

    Now i run for presidency!

  2. Thanks for this useful points! Stage fright is really one big problem for me when i am in front of so many people. I hate the podium so much! I’ll try these tips. GL!

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