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HOW TO MAKE A GOOD SPEECH Make sure that the title of your speech is catchy and then people will be looking forward to it even before the event. Making a good speech starts weeks before with thorough preparation . You should have been thinking of themes and points, noting down ideas and sources, crafting phrases and sentences. The best speeches tell your audience things they didn't know and/or give them insights they didn't have . So: o In respect of the first, research some salient, accurate and up-date facts and figures . o In respect of the second, look at the subject differently - think 'out of the box'. You should have finalized the notes or text or slides at least the day before , so that you can concentrate on reading through the material, becoming very familiar and comfortable with it, and thinking about the actual delivery. Once you are called upon to make your speech, pause for a couple of moments before actually starting your delivery . If you've had to walk up to a platform or over to a rostrum, this gives you time to steady your breath. If you are nervous as a speaker, it gives you time to take a few shallow breaths and calm those nerves. In any event, it gives the audience an opportunity to settle down and focus on you and your message. But the pause should be a few seconds only. If you are not using a microphone , be aware of the need to speak sufficiently loudly that the furthest member of your audience can hear you clearly. Take the opportunity to move around a little which will help to command attention. If you are using a microphone , speak at normal volume, but a little more slowly and distinctly than if you were not using amplification. Don't move around because you'll leave the microphone behind (unless it is fixed to you). Occasionally alter the speed, volume and tone of your delivery . Speaking slower or faster and quieter or louder and being more cheerful or more serious all adds dramatic effect and keeps the attention of your audience. Regularly sweep your eyes left-centre-right and back and front-middle-rear and back, so that you engage all members of your audience. The actor Tom Cruise once told an interviewer: "A lot of the time, what acting is really about is meeting someone's eye" - the same is true of public speaking. Don't make a rambling opening . There is nothing worse than the speaker who starts with something like: "When I was asked to speak on this subject, I wondered what to say . ." Never apologize for your nervousness or your material . You and your speech are probably better than you appreciate but, in any event, if you don't advertise any weaknesses in your style or content, they probably won't be noticed.
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Make a dramatic opening which seizes the attention with the very first words.
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