There are legitimate reasons that many people are afraid of public speaking. It is certainly some-thing that puts you in a vulnerable position. If you mess up, a lot of people know. However, words are one of the ways you can influence the world the most. Think of famous speeches that are still remembered, like Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. With some confidence and prac-tice, that could be you.
Although you should never be reading anything directly, it is okay to have notes to help you along. Even the President uses a teleprompter or note cards at most events! In addition, the audience will often need help staying engaged too. You can use visual tools like posters, a PowerPoint, or a Prezi to guide both you and the audience, as well as give your listeners additional information. Adding the second dimension of sight helps people remember more of your words.
One of the hardest parts of pulling off a speech is choosing a topic. Sometimes it will already be assigned. Other times, you will have to come up with it all yourself. Either way, it is your job to make sure that it’s engaging. The audience needs to see its importance and connect in a way that will allow them to apply the topic into their lives. If you’re daring, pick something controversial.
Don’t let any nerves or speech impediments get in your way. Your words are important and your voice deserves to be heard. Sometimes you might need professional help. The King’s Speech is a movie that tells the story of the King of England who needed to meet with a speech therapist. Taking deep breaths helps both calm the nerves and get the words out of your mouth. Concentrate on speaking slowly and find out which methods work best for you.