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How to Give a Speech

Rahul Thadani Apr 21, 2019
Giving a speech is an art. There are certain basic skills one needs to have before delivering a speech.
"I have a dream....." famously said Martin Luther King Jr. in August 1963. He was addressing over 200,000 people in Washington, as millions more watched him on television. There has no better display of oratory excellence over the past century. The powers of oration are often overlooked, but if delivered correctly, the effect can be stupendous generated.
To bedazzle and enrapture your listeners, you must keep in mind a few tips and also master various techniques. Giving a speech is an art that is not acquired overnight. However, with the right blend of self-belief and practice, you can teach it yourself. The key when you're learning how to read a speech, is to make a connection  with your audience.
Keep in mind, that the listeners are expecting you to make a great interaction, and are not expecting you to fail. The most important part is to give your listeners something to reflect upon, and something to take back with them. Given are some simple tips to help you out.

Know it

The essential part is to know what you're going to say. Don't be rigid,  and memorize entire paragraphs, but make a basic outline of your speech and consistently stick to it. Practice it in advance in front of a mirror or a friend so as to get the gist of it. The material is a crucial part.
The topic you choose can play a very important role. Also plan out your wardrobe and look presentable.
If you aim to interact with the people of a particular profession, ensure that you have some elementary knowledge about that profession. If you are thinking of using audio-visual aids, check that they are in working order, and that there are no glitches.

Feel it

If you are not passionate about your speech, or don't believe in the topic that you're speaking about, then it will show in your performance; and the audience can be incredibly perceptive.
Genuinely feel the topic you're speaking of and be passionate about it.  This will automatically translate into the delivery of an amazing piece of oratory brilliance.

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The last thing that an audience wants to hear is a robotic speaker that drones on and on, in a mechanical voice that resembles a prerecorded message.
Make the session interactive,  and constantly quote incidents and anecdotes from real life situations. This keeps their interest alive, and wards off unwanted sounds from the listeners, which prove troublesome.
Keep these fundamental tips in mind and there will be no audience that will seem unreachable to you. To appear confident is an easy task, but to overcome any stage fright and signs of nerves takes genuine self-confidence. Just believe in yourself, and have faith that you will deliver an absolutely incredible and exquisite speech.