How-to: Ten tips for a Successful Speech

Lectern - public speakingPeople can be more frightened of public speaking than of spiders and death.

Don’t panic! Here come my ten tips for success…

  1. Planning and preparing well will help develop your confidence, and ensure that your speech or presentation is a success
  2. Focus: Decide on your aim and objectives for the presentation – find out about your audience’s needs, so it’s relevant to them
  3. Gather, prioritise and structure your material
  4. Make brief speaking notes and cue cards to refer to, or if you’re reading a formal script, learn Reading Aloud skills
  5. Use a visual aid to make it more interesting and memorable – but it doesn’t have to be Powerpoint
  6. Rehearse, especially first and last words. Increase confidence, ensure smooth performance and find where you need to make changes
  7. Deal with nerves. Even though you’re prepared and rehearsed, you’ll feel nervous, so study some confidence-building techniques
  8. Work on your vocal and non-verbal communication, develop an interesting voice and support your message with your body language
  9. Prepare for questions in advance, and practice your assertiveness skills for handling the difficult audience with style
  10. ‘How did I do?’ Seek and accept feedback positively, work on your message and delivery for improving your next presentation

Speaking Well In Public’s portfolio of training courses will help you to become a more confident, polished and powerful speaker.

Related: The Elevator Speech

About Philippa Hammond

Speaking Well In Public offers a portfolio of public speaking courses for business, performance and social occasions designed and developed by Philippa Hammond, combining her skills and techniques as an award-winning trainer, working actor and voice artist. Philippa is a member of Equity and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


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