Ten Tips to the speaker!
Here are some practical tips for the preparation and production of
1) Try to learn the speech (or parts of it) by heart. It gives a more professional
impression than if you read it only once before. Where this is not possible,
at least try to learn the first two and the last two sentences by heart. This
will give you a solid start to the speech and the audience will usually remember
the end the best.
2) Write down short key points like the small important pieces. Cards works
great! The notes provide security when it's time to give the speech.
3) When you practice the speech, read it aloud to yourself. Try to raise your
eyes from the written text. Remember to speak more slowly than you normally
do, especially if you are in a situation where the audience is in a big hall.
4) Read the speech on tape (most cell phones and MP3 players often have a recording
function) and listen. It is easier to get an idea of ??what you are getting
right and what you need to practice more if you can hear the speech. You can
also hear if you speak too fast or if you have a habit of slurring or making
unnecessary sounds, such as "ehhh" or "mmm".
5) When you stand up, or walk up to the location, you should have positive thoughts
about yourself. It allows you to automatically extend your back, raise your
eyes and actually look a bit more confident to your audience. It gives a good
6) Stand erect with your feet apart and draw your shoulders back. Place one
foot a few inches in front of the other. This way you will avoid "hanging
on the hip" or rocking from side to side as well as giving the audience
the feeling that you are on the road towards them, which is perceived as
more credible and committed.
7) Dealing with your hands when you talk is hard! If you do not use hands and
arms to enhance speech by gestures, let them hang freely. It may seem strange
but it actually looks natural and confident. Avoid placing your hands in pockets
or folding your arms across your chest. Holding a pen or something similar in
your hand may result in you unconsciously beginning to fiddle with it, so avoid
8) Before you start talking, wait a few seconds, look out over the audience
and try to make eye contact. By doing so, you catch the interest of the audience
and you show that your speech is important and that it is something they should
9) If you lose the thread, look out over the audience or down on an imaginary
patch and take it easy. Avoid looking at the ceiling or otherwise showing that
you got lost. The audience might think many times that it is a deliberate art.
10) A common phenomenon when you get nervous is that your voice begins to tremble.
If so, try to speak a little higher (in volume terms). It decreases the trembling.
Another trick is to try to avoid speaking with a high or light voice (falsetto).
Lower your voice rather than using a high-pitched notch. Keep in mind that very
often it is just you who notices the trembling!
Finally, take the opportunity to enjoy the attention and applause and remember
to have fun! The fact that you say a few words at all is probably the most appreciated
thing by the audience. Good Luck!
The text is written by speechwriter Maria Blomberg