Public speaking ranked second as the most feared thing in America after snake-bite. A majority of us are hesitant when told to address a gathering. The situation can be more alarming when you have not prepared a speech. In such cases, it is important that you give it your best shot and impress one and all with your oratory skills. Let us know more about the subject.
- While it is natural to be nervous when asked to deliver an impromptu speech, you should try to calm yourself by taking deep-breaths. A lot of speakers shiver while making a speech - communicating to the audience that one has been made to go through an ordeal. Therefore, it is important that you calm some nerves before you present yourself to the audience. The key here is to mentally prepare yourself and visualize how you are going to deliver the speech.
- When on stage, make sure that you appear confident and relaxed. It is not only the words that create an impression on the audience, but your body language also reveals a great deal about your state of mind. Try to appear as if you know the subject well enough and are a credible person to speak on it.
- The opening is important in any speech. It sets the tone for the rest of your speech. I remember one speaker starting his speech by telling his audience, "Don't look so serious, it makes me nervous" Starting a speech in such a manner gets you the support of the audience and helps in creating a positive ambiance.
- While a few examples to illustrate your point will do no harm, avoid going overboard with them. If you are not sure about the credibility of a topic, do not include it in your speech. You don't want to create an unnecessary controversy by quoting unverified figures and statistics.
- If someone asks you a question, take a few steps in his direction. This is a time-tested approach and helps you appear as a confident, positive orator.
- While concluding your speech, try to summarize the whole topic and your stand on it. Wait for the ovation to stop and then only walk off the stage. This tells the audience that you really admire their appreciation.