Many different variables go into public speaking. If you are taking communication classes or even a public speaking class, you will learn many of these aspects that are required for a fabulous speech. Now I know what you are thinking, no one can master ALL of the aspects it takes to perform a flawless speech. You are correct on that. Not everyone is a natural speaker and even with hours of practice and preparation, some things such as nervousness and speech anxiety will still slip into your thoughts and mess you up. When you start to hit this wall that seems too high to get over, there is one thing that always helps me stay on track and not worry too much: POSITIVITY!
Having a positive attitude means using your internal motivation to get through your assignment. Internal motivation is when you see the connection between “the hard work of study and the life goal being pursued” (Newton & Ender, 2010). When you use internal motivators you will get more out of the assignment then if you were to simply do the assignment because you were told to. When you are assigned with a speech, be sure to pick a topic that interests you. This way you will enjoy the research more than if you were to pick a topic you either knew nothing about or dislike. Studying things that are relevant to your “future life goals is a tremendous motivator for students” (Newton & Ender, 2010).
Positivity while presenting your speech is one of the most important aspects of public speaking and one that has always personally worked for me. Your audience can sense your attitude as you stand and deliver your speech in front of them. The audience does not want to listen to someone who is negative, not smiling, have little facial expressions, and sound as if they would rather be doing anything but delivering their speech in front of you. You will get much better feedback from your audience when you go up with a positive attitude. Being a positive speaker means that you have an upbeat and animated tone as you deliver, you are smiling and giving expressions to your audience that match your speech, and you have good posture and composure even when something goes wrong during your speech.
Public speaking and presenting projects in front of your peers can be a little nerve wracking. Just remember to stay positive and you will trick your brain out of that anxiety phase!
Newton, F. B. & Ender, S. C. (2010). Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.