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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Conquering Your Fear of Impromptu and Prepared Speeches

A man standing in front of microphone giving an impromptu speech.

I am not a professional public speaker but I recommend that one way to reduce this fear is to practice. Practice without getting tired, bored and annoyed!

Just to share, I remember when I was in college. I always practice my speech aloud alone in the forest or in a room or in front of a mirror. It helped me to trust myself, to be confident and to be successful in delivering my speech. And I hope that this post will help you to prepare.

Things to Remember When Giving a Speech

  1. Keep your remarks brief and to the point.
  2. Don’t apologize as it just detracts from the credibility of your argument: “Well, that’s all I can say” or “Sorry, I didn’t know how much about the subject” or “Hope I didn’t bore you”.
  3. Don’t ramble on. When you find yourself repeating a statement, wrap up and conclude your talk.
  4. Listen carefully to the question.
  5. Try to present sensible, worthwhile ideas that add to the knowledge of others.
  6. You can refute or elaborate on ideas and information already presented by others.

When You Want Your Listeners to Take Action Use AIDA Outline

  1. Draw their attention to the issue you wish to address;
  2. Create interest by showing how this issue affects them;
  3. Instill a desire in your audience to take action; and
  4. State the action(s) you recommend and call them to join you.

When the Question Asks for Your Opinion Use the PREP Outline

  1. State your point or opinion
  2. Give a reason why you think this way
  3. Illustrate your point with an example
  4. Conclude by re-stating your point

Use SMG Outline When Answering Any Types of Questions

  1. Begin with a story that illustrates the point you want to stress;
  2. State your message or the point you want to make; and
  3. Expand your point with the gain or moral of the theory.

Still Another Outline Is the PPF

Use this when your answer can be framed on a time-line or when you have three points to compare:
  1. Begin with your first point, set in the past
  2. Move on the next point, this time set in the present
  3. Lastly, forecast your point, set in the future

The Two-Point Answer Is the Simplest Outline

Here are some variations:
  1. Before and After
  2. Problem and Solution(s)
  3. Goal(s) and Result(s)
  4. Case and Effect
  5. Advantages and Disadvantages

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