You have a speech to give, and you’re nervous. So nervous that you’re thinking of every excuse in the book to get out of it. What can you do to make sure your speech is a success? Here are 3 tips:
1. Tell stories
Remember when you were a kid and your mom or dad would read you a bedtime story before you went to bed? Remember how happy that made you feel? Well, adults like stories, too! Telling stories makes it much more likely that your audience will listen. Just make sure that your stories are easy to follow, are personal, and are pertinent to your speech. No tangents allowed!
2. Practice beforehand
Especially if public speaking isn’t your thing, DON’T WING IT. Knowing your material well will help put you at ease. While practicing your speech, write down all the topics you will cover and bullet points beneath each topic. Practice your speech until you hit all the topics and bullets points without even thinking about them.
3. Believe in what you’re saying
It’s VERY difficult to deliver a convincing speech if you don’t believe in the message. So…make sure that you believe in the message. If you believe in what you’re saying, confidence tends to shine through.
Above all else, realize that everyone gets nervous when public speaking, even those who do it for a living. So go easy on yourself. You’ll get better every time you give it a go!