Welcome to our section dedicated to speech delivery techniques.Perfecting your speech delivery will help to ease your nerves and feel more prepared for delivering a great speech. Take a look at some of our top tips for delivering a great speech right here.
Read or Memorise?
This is quite a personal decision, if you are confident that you can memorise the speech and are worried about shaky hands holding onto paper or cue cards, then memorising could be your best option. If you feel that your speech is too long and you may not remember it all, then have it written down, there is no point in putting any additional pressure on yourself and the majority of speech-givers use cue cards and notes to assist them.
This may sound simple, but ensure you practice performing your speech from start to finish a few times to get an idea of the pace you will speak and how you will perform your speech.
If you are feeling nervous for your speech then your initial instinct might be to rush it and get it over with as soon as possible. Take a deep breath and slow down, leave room for laughs and reactions, you will find that taking your time actually makes you feel calmer.
Your body language is just as important as the words themselves, avoid folding your arms and try to keep your head held up and make eye contact with the audience.
Dealing with Interruptions
If a member of the audience interrupts your speech then take a deep breath and pause before you give a response, you might even find some audience interaction makes you feel calmer.
A drink to steady your nerves will not do you any harm, so long as it is just one! Although it may be tempting to have a few to gain some confidence, you will feel much better giving your speech with a clear head.
Don’t forget that the speech isn’t a test, the audience are on your side and they want you to do well, no one is looking for you to fail, so enjoy yourself!