Being able to communicate well does not mean that you can also give a good speech. Speeching is a completely different discipline and apart from the fact that there are always natural talents who get up without any preparation and start speaking meaningfully, it is something that can easily be learned.
Good preparation in terms of content, logic and associated time is important. On the one hand to convey a good story as smoothly as possible and on the other hand because of the psychological effect, namely knowing that the story is well in your head, makes you less uncertain about, for example, slip-ups. The nerves play a role anyway and the more you control the process, the more limited the nerves are.
Prepare as follows:
- Start early, at least 10 to 14 days before the day of your speech.
- Put your story together in outline and see how much time you have or think you need for the individual parts. But mind you, it’s not about the smallest details, it’s about getting your story across. So what do you want to convey to your audience?
- Make sure you know the ins and outs, more detailed questions can always arise. Consider to what level you want to answer this. After all, controlling the subject matter is one thing, but everything down to the detailed level is something else. You can always reply that you will come back to it later.
- To know what to expect from the audience, it is good to know your audience. Who and what kind of people are in the room?
- Are there any other speakers and if so, see if you are in each other’s way in terms of content.
- Practice your speech a few times at home in front of the mirror. Then you can also see whether you “talk” too much with your hands, whether you have a stiff posture or whether your voice is rising (the nerves can make your voice higher and you often talk faster).
- Go to bed on time the night before the speech, a good night’s sleep will result in better concentration the next day.
- Realize that you feel nervous, but most people in the room will not notice this.
It goes without saying that it is best to prepare your speech well, but if this is not successful or you have to give an unexpected speech (for example in the event of an emergency), make sure that you know the main points and present a warm and lively story, somewhat calmly. is pronounced (speak emotionally a little slower than you normally speak). If the situation allows it, incorporating some humor is also advisable, but only do this if you know you can do it.
You will achieve the most with a speech if you can ensure that people visualize the situation you describe. Staccato speeches will undoubtedly be picked up by some people, but it does not apply to most people. The lively story can always be supplemented with something you can show and if this is not possible, please describe an example. During a presentation, always make sure that if you want to show something on one of the sheets, you do not stand (half) in front of it or with your back to the audience. If you cannot reach it, take something in your hand to point to it or ask the audience if there is a laser light with which you can point.
It is good to involve your audience, both to check whether your words are being delivered, but also to keep the audience engaged and listen actively. Based on an attribute or a described example, ask the audience a question and if someone from the audience does not want to answer directly, appoint someone. Take a moment of silence and don’t immediately think that you have to fill it. Take one (meaningful) look around the room and then continue or ask the audience another question.
If it is your first speech, make sure your preparation is perfect. Not infrequently, the enthusiastic man or woman thinks they can do it for a while and then it turns out to be disappointing. This can really disrupt the fun for the future, while good speeches can not only be useful but also a lot of fun.