Chapter 4: Stand and Deliver
Can't Miss Speech Delivery Tips
This chapter was chock full of information to help you tighten your speech delivery skills so you can provide your audience with a powerful message and know that it was well received. Here are some of the highlights:
- Wear clothes that are flattering and appropriate but not distracting.
- Pronounce and enunciate your words properly.
- Adjust your voice so that it sounds pleasant to the human ear and so that everyone in the room can hear you.
- Make eye contact with as many people as you can in the room.
- Pace your speech effectively, you want to speak at a rate that's slow enough to be understood but fast enough to demonstrate your enthusiasm.
- Pause in your speech to emphasize a point, set up an anecdote or humor, collect your thoughts, or avoid using nonfluencies.
- Eliminate fidgeting or other nervous gestures through practice.
- Add hand gestures to your speech to emphasize points, visually illustrate pieces or segments of information, and show space.
- Let your personality shine during your speech and don't try to imitate anyone else.
- Connect with your audience by ensuring your speech is 1) based on honest, thorough research; 2) interesting and engaging; 3) relevant to your audience's needs or interests;
4) timely; and 5) delivered using a means they can understand and appreciate.
The rest is up to you. Now that you know what it takes to develop an effective speech, take your place on the stage and deliver!