It’s All You
When it is finally time to get in front of your audience, you will have no more lifelines and no backup, just you giving the presentation. Although this sounds very intimidating, with proper preparation you can make the most out of being in the line of fire and give an impressive speech.
Practice Your Speech
Practicing will make all the difference in the world when it comes to giving a great speech. Make sure you create a good outline that you can easily remember, so you won’t have to rely on note-cards.
You should also practice in front of trusted friends or colleagues in somewhat of a private location. Also, make sure you practice standing up and giving your speech out loud. Although practicing isn’t guaranteed to make you perfect, it will improve your delivery and make you feel more confident and in control of your content.
Be Fueled by Desire
Think about what your motive is, what moves you, what drives you. Also, what is your purpose behind your presentation? Really dig deep and uncover these things and you will be fueled by a desire to deliver a powerful speech.
Being nervous before a speech is not a bad thing. Remember you are nervous because you want to do a good job and nervousness means you have passion for your topic. You need to allow yourself to feel because in your attempt to suppress your nervousness you could end up suppressing other emotions that will add life to your talk.
Pause and Take Detours
Pausing is an important way to engage your audience and to effectively deliver your message. To create emphasis and to allow your important point to sink in, do not under estimate the power of not speaking. Also, you don’t have to stick to your outline exactly; you can play around with your speech and make it more relaxed and fun.
Being a little spontaneous and courageous will lighten up the room and make your listeners feel more comfortable. However, do trust your instincts and gauge your audience, so you don’t end up going overboard.
Nail Your Close
End your speech with some final passionate thoughts. Use your creative thinking skills and a compelling delivery to end your speech strong. Always end a speech with a call to action. What do you want to see happen as a result of your audience hearing your speech? You should close with something inspiring that will illustrate your points, like maybe a good story.
Make sure your story is brief, and the moral is clear and ties in with your topic. Finally, let your audience know that you are finished in a manner that is authoritative and that adds to your credibility.
On your next speech, I challenge you to the make the most of being in the line of fire. Remember that you can turn your anxiety into passion and make your speech a success instead of your worst nightmare.