Presentation on theme: "GIVING A SPEECH. ASPECTS OF A GOOD SPEECH Dress Appropriately Be Confident Proper Posture/Gestures Proper Facial Expression Proper Tone/Volume of Voice."— Presentation transcript:
ASPECTS OF A GOOD SPEECH Dress Appropriately Be Confident Proper Posture/Gestures Proper Facial Expression Proper Tone/Volume of Voice Proper Speaking Pace Variety in Speaking Patterns Good Eye Contact
DRESS APPROPRIATELY Select clothes that will make you feel good, feel comfortable, and be yourself. Dress above that of your audience
CONFIDENCE Even if you are nervous, pretend that you are confident because confidence makes you more convincing and interesting. Before giving your speech Keep your head up Glance at the individuals in the audience Smile if appropriate Follow these steps throughout Three ways to show confidence: Proper posture Effective gestures Proper facial expressions
POSTURE AND GESTURES Set your feet or else you will look nervous AVOID: Rocking on heels, shuffling or tapping the feet, standing awkwardly with one foot crossed behind the other, leaning away from the audience with weight on the back foot. Before you start to speak, take a stance that is comfortable. Legs shoulder width apart Stand where the audience can see you without moving their bodies
POSTURE AND GESTURES Moving your upper body purposefully makes you look confident and energetic DON’T DO THESE: The fig leaf – hands clasped together in front of the body below the belt The reverse fig leaf – hands clasped together behind the back The broken wrist – one hand with a death grip on the opposite wrist The hobo – both hands in trouser or jacket pockets The bouncer – arms folded and locked over the chest The saint – hands folded or steepled together in front of the body. The drill instructor (or the cheerleader) – both hands on hips The little tea pot – one hand on the hip Other nervous activities to avoid: Fiddle with notes, play with hair, scratch earlobe, jingle loose change
POSTURE AND GESTURES Tips to succeed Keep hands above the waist Keep hands open If you have notes, only hold the notes with one hand Use a big gesture in your opening remarks to loosen up.
FACIAL EXPRESSIONS Adjust your facial expressions depending on the tone of your speech: Friendly/informative: smile and relax Somber/dramatic: serious Informative: show enthusiasm
TONE/VOLUME/PACE PROJECT YOUR VOICE! Speak to the back of the room Compensate for background noise Develop breath control Speak in a lower pitch Enunciate clearly
TONE/VOLUME/PACE Control your speaking pace! Do not speak too quickly or too slowly Tips to control pace: Use pauses Start at a good pace Hit the reset button if you notice your pace is too fast If you speak too quickly, speak even slower during the rehearsal
VARIETY IN SPEAKING Vary your pitch Vary your tone Change the pace Use dramatic pauses
EYE CONTACT Talk with the audience not at the audience Make eye contact at all times Tips: Look at interested individuals Give a little piece of your speech to each individual Try to make contact with everyone in the audience Retain eye contact while using visual aids Visual aids (e.g. Powerpoint) BULLET POINTS!!!!!!!!!! IT’S AN AID NOT THE PRESENTER!
QUIZ 1.True or False: It is more important to dress above your audience than feeling good and comfortable with what you are wearing. 2.How can you show confidence BEFORE your speech starts? 3.Why is it important to have a good posture? 4.When presenting, where should your hands be? 5.When giving a presentation, where should you be speaking to? 6.What are the two best ways to control your pace. 7.Why is it important to make eye contact?