I. When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut.A. I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA.B. I even built models of space ships and begged my parents to take me to Florida so I could watch an actual shuttle launch
Two Steps to a Less Scary Speech
Purpose: To inform the audience about a few ways to make public speaking less scaryIntroductionI Did you know that more people fear public speaking than they do death?A. If you had to attend a funeral, would you rather give the eulogy or be in the casket?B. Public speaking is a scary thing for a lot of peopleII A few easy steps can help make public speaking a less scary thingIII Since all of you will probably have to speak in public, you should pay attention to this.IV And I do know what I am talking about, as I teach public speaking and have spoken in public many, many times.V So I’m going to tell you how to have more confidence before you give your speech and how to relate to your audience when you give your speech.BodyI A good speaker knows that preparation is important to a speech.A. It is vitally important to write the text of your speech well before you speak.1. You should start by doing research on your topic and knowing what you are talking about.2. The textbook Presentations in Everyday Life: Strategies for Effective Speaking recommends going to the library, conducting interviews, or doing online research to get information.3. Finally you should put together a detailed outline of your speech.B. Once you have your speech written, you need to practice.1. The more you practice beforehand, the more confident you will feel about your speech.2. Try to practice in front of other people, especially people who can give you good feedback.3. If you have to, videotape yourself, or practice in front of a mirror so you can see what you do when you speak.II Knowing how to relate to the audience will make the speech much easier and much more enjoyableA. Humor is one good way to relate to the audience.1. By opening with a humorous story or a joke, a speaker will come across as more likeable.2. Self effacing humor is the most effective form of humor.a. It will show the audience that you don’t take yourself too seriouslyb. It is the safest form of humor, as it has the least risk to offend someone and the greatest chance of going over well with an audience3. Making fun of lawyers and politicians is also effective.B. Sharing personal experience also helps you connect to the audience, as they see you as a real personC. Finally, understanding who your audience is will make your speech go much more smoothly.1. Do your best to find out as much as you can about your audience2. Make sure to avoid saying or doing something that might offend them, as that will make it harder to give your speechConclusionI As you can see, preparing beforehand and knowing how to relate to your audience will definitely help you give a better speech.II I hope you see how following these steps will make public speaking a less scary thing.III When you give a speech, I want you to remember that preparation and relation are the key to a better speech.IV Because honestly, I would much rather give a eulogy than be in a casket.Works CitedDalay, John A. and Isa N. Engleberg. Presentations in Everyday Life: Strategies for Effective Speaking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. pp 110-128.
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