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How to calm your nerves before a speech…

1. A strong suggestion is to have thorough knowledge of the subject matter you will be speaking on. Be well-informed from personal experiences if possible and study well no matter what the topic is. Knowing your subject gives you confidence and plenty to say.

2. Expect to experience the butterflies in your stomach feeling each time you speak before an audience, but don’t let that stop you from the task. Even the most successful speakers feel this, even after years of public speaking. It something that is only normal and be prepared to start feeling your nerves kick in.

3. Just before standing in front of the audience, take a couple of deep breaths, begin with something funny, just a quick joke, to get a laugh. This will help relieve you greatly, and help guide you through the end. Also, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. If you had a slip of the tongue, no worries, It happens to everyone. It’s good be able to laugh at it and then continue on confidently.

4. It’s proper to look people in the eye when speaking. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, then try looking above their heads. They may not even notice but make sure to pan across the room frequently.

  • Strong knowledge of your topic
  • Expect to feel the nerves in your stomach
  • Funny relatable joke
  • Make eye contact


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Getting your audiences engaged is better than having their attention

When you’re giving a speech, get your audiences attention by “engaging” them instead of trying to grab their attention.

1) Engagement vs. attention– Engagement can be more valuable then attention. When you engage your audience they are more likely to interact and pay attention to what you’re saying.

Grabbing their attention isn’t good enough. People have short attention span, and if you aren’t engaging them in one way or another then they will stop listening to you.

2) Less attention grabber, more involvement– Be creative with the way you get your audiences attention but don’t stress over it. For example, I once heard a speaker start off with a knock-knock joke.

It grabbed everyones attention  because it was funny but it had no relevance to the speech. You can create an engagement by passing out a paper to everyone that shows facts to your topic, what you will be discussing, or different links and ways they can get involved. A simple joke won’t get your message across.

3) Will this benefit the audience– If you are talking about something that will benefit your audience mention that in the beginnning of your speech.

For example, if you are presenting on how you can save money you might want to say, “this presentation will help you understand how to file free taxes this year and save you a fortune.”

By saying that, you have pulled them into your speech and not only will you have their attention but more importantly they are now engaged. Understanding how to get the message across is key to your presentation.

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