Preparing for a Speech

Preparing for a speech is always an excellent idea, and the way people usually go about doing so is by going over what they wrote and practicing aloud. However, there are a few points one should always remember as he or she practices. The first is to rehearse enough to be able to discuss the ideas and supporting material without leaving out major parts of the speech (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). Sometimes over practicing leads to memorization and that is not ideal, because speakers run the risk of forgetting some or all the words. In addition, memorization makes speakers seem too rehearsed, which takes away from audience connection. Therefore, one must avoid rehearsing a speech so many times that he or she uses the same words each time (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). Another point to keep in mind is to “practice making eye contact with [an]… imaginary audience (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). One should also “be aware of the volume [of his or her voice]” (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). Additionally, “[focus on the] message, rather than worrying about how to gesture” (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). Keeping one’s hands to his or her side will do just fine, if the speaker does not know what to do with them (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). In this way, the speaker will avoid unnatural gestures as well as gestures that may distract the audience, like jingling change in a pocket (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16). If anything else, the most important tip to remember while rehearsing is to practice the speech in a manner similar to how one would do so in actuality (Beebe & Beebe, 2012, p. 16).

Link to our website: Source: Beebe, S. A., & Beebe, S. J. (2012). A concise public speaking handbook (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

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