Prepare a Speech or Presentation For An Audience

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Public speaking is not everyone's cup of tea. But there are circumstances when we can't avoid it. As a student alone, some subjects require us to prepare speech and presentation. If talking in front of an audience fears you, this could be a bit of a problem.

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While you may not rid yourself of the fear and shyness at once, having a well-researched presentation and speech can help you get a little more confidence. Bloopers can possibly happen in a speech presentation but the key from letting it happen is PREPARATION; an intensive and extensive one.

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Even if it is just a small classroom presentation, client presentation or a contest, you should be fully-geared with the battle. For first-timers or those who wanted to learn a little more tips on how to prepare for an effective speech/presentation, read over.

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Things to Consider When Preparing a Speech or Presentation

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    First you have to consider your audience.
    The purpose of your speech or presentation should be in accordance with the type of audience you are expected to speak for. Consider the age, gender, profession and many other factors. While the use of jargon is necessary, be sure to have a ready explanation in layman's term. Say, if you are speaking in front of lawyers, a medical jargon may bring some confusion. Explain in a manner which everyone can understand.
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    Choose and Limit your subject.
    When you have to choose a subject matter, consider the amount of time given to you. There are some topics which should be dealt on a little longer while some in a short span of time. It is true that choosing a topic that interests your audience is needed, it will also be wiser to choose something which you know well. A good topic is one which you can find a wide range of resources.
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    Gather and Organize.
    After deciding on your subject, it is research time. Lucky are people nowadays because they've got the internet. With only a click, you will have loads of information. While the internet is filled with a lot of useful information, you should still double check with offline published books. Anyone can publish online nowadays and it could possibly be that some information are not accurate and reliable. Check, check and check. You are not asked for a presentation to bluff but to inform. Make some notes and organize them when you have all what you needed for your final speech.
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    Prepare an Outline.
    Whether it is a contest you are joining or a corporate presentation, having a note card helps. Jot down the important parts of your speech. This will serve as your guideline in case you forget some points.
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    Research about gestures.
    As they say action speaks louder than words. Make yourself even more convincing with the use of proper gestures.
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    Practice is the Key.
    Allot ample time for practicing. Memorizing alone will not ensure you won't forget anything during your speech. That is why an outline you yourself prepared will be your greatest aide. In a mirror or in front of some people you know practice your speaking speed, gestures and eye contact. Let them be your critics. Ask them where else you needed some enhancements. Other people's opinions count.
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Things to Remember DURING the Speech Presentation

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    Eye Contact.
    Always observe direct eye contact with the audience. This will give them the feeling that you would like to establish a good connection to you audience. This also shows that you are confident and you know what you are talking about.
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    Apply gestures.
    Make use of some gestures but do not overdo it. Pounding the lectern is one way to show conviction; that you stand firm with what you are presenting.
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    Slow down.
    It is not a race where the fastest speaker wins. Slow down when speaking and make sure you do with clarity. This actually is one of the common mistakes done by speakers. You do not want to make the same mistake, do you?
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    Try to pause for few seconds.
    A couple to three seconds will do. This practice will give your audience digest a bit what you just said. This can also be a trick you can use while you prepare for your next explanation.
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    Put on the proper attire.
    Most of the time, speakers put on formal attire during presentations. But as a tip: mirror your audience. Just make sure you are not overdressed for the presentation or under-dressed maybe.
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    Always base your speech on facts and not on opinions.
    Remember, it your job to inform. Statistics will help build your credibility.
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  • Avoid too tight clothes. You could possibly loose a button or rip your clothes while doing some of your gestures.
  • Do not go for over-sized clothes.
  • Accessorize but do it minimally. Too much of it can only be a distraction to you or your audience like a noisy bangle maybe.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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