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5 Steps to Deliver a Good Onstage Speech

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INTRODUCTION:

Almost all of us would certainly have had an opportunity to deliver an onstage speech, either during school or college days. Some truly excel in this, owing to their oratory skills. While some others find it difficult to make it. It is either because of lack of preparation or they do not have the confidence required within them. Here are 5 steps that would help you prepare a good speech, so that you can earn the appreciation of others.

1) Gather ample knowledge about the concerned topic:

Before preparing your speech, make sure you spend enough time in acquiring knowledge about the concerned topic. This is similar to sharpening a knife before you chop down a tree. The availability of information is beyond limits and there are innumerable sources through which you can access them. Referring books related to the topic, surfing on the internet and talking to people can definitely be of great help. It not just equips you with information but also makes your vision about the speech clearer and more defined.

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2) Prepare the Content Crisp and Clear:

Secondly, make sure that the content of your speech is written in a good manner with concise and ‘to the point’ illustration. This means you only need to add points relevant to your topic, and also need to be cautious about avoiding unnecessary paragraphs that might make your speech less interesting.

Remember, through your speech you can influence people, and by influencing you can change lives.

That is the power of words, and hence you need to be responsible in using them wisely. Quoting the sayings of famous people in-between the speech and adding other creative and interesting elements might help you capture the attention of the audience.

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3) Get Your Content Reviewed:

Once you get your content ready, it is advisable to get it reviewed by a higher authority. If you are a school or college student, then your teacher would be the right person who could help you identify your flaws. Doing this not just helps you gain confidence but also provides you an opportunity to improve your work.

4) Practise as Many Times as Possible:

“A skilled person is not born like that. Skill comes from consistent and deliberate practise.” Therefore, it is clear that even a normal person can pick up a skill by constantly practising it. Practise your speech as many times as possible because, the quality of your practise determines the calibre of your performance. For instance, you are participating in a speech competition. 'Extra practise and hard work’ that you do when compared to other participants is the only way that could help you win. It not just gives you the confidence to perform well but also helps you to concentrate on other elements of your speech such as a] maintaining eye contact with the audience b] pausing and stressing on important points, etc.

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5) Be Confident:

“ The most valuable attire that a person could wear is confidence”

Most people get nervous when they stand in front of a lot of people. They become anxious and tend to forget in spite of preparing well. Therefore, being confident is the key factor in delivering your best on the actual day. Keep telling yourself that 'you are the best', motivate yourself by saying that you are capable of giving an amazing speech. Finally, put up a warm smile on your face. This will help you to adapt a natural style of speaking. Stay calm and confident, and you will be surprized to find words flowing out of your mouth like a flowing river!

Conclusion:

Martin Luther King Jr's speech " I have a dream", Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, Mahatma Gandhi's 'Quit India speech' are some of the greatest speeches of all time. These speeches have acquired historical importance as they have greatly influenced the masses. Therefore, a good speech is known for it's ability of capturing the attention of the audience and motivating them. Last but not the least, adapting a natural style of speaking, as if you are talking to a friend will greatly help you to connect with the audience easily. In case of a formal speech you can have conversational breaks, to ease the audience. Thus, all of these steps when followed sincerely, will certainly help you earn the appreciation of others!

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