- Have direct eye contact with an individual at a time.
- Speak to one individual at a time
- Shift to another individual somewhere else randomly & NEVER LOOK at the Floor, OR at the ceiling NOT in thin air
- USE SHORT SENTANCES AND WORDS YOU USE IN CONVERSATION
- Speak deliberately
- Talk loudly. Do not scream
- Face the Audience and then speak & not while looking at slides or while writing on Black Board
- Use your natural accent and never try to copy someone else
- Never insult someone. Never corner, joke about or embarrass a person.
- Never beat your own drums
- Never speak to fast – be slightly slower than your natural speed
- Never jump to answer a Question from the audience — Throw it back – ask 2 – compile
- Never speak with your back to audience – pointing or writing.
- Never read. Note important points – Highlight – likely to forget
- Never apologize – Keep going -Don’t call attention to worst
- After you have finished your speech pause briefly, take a couple of steps back and then return to your seat slowly
- Never wink and show the relief as if you have escaped.
- Never run after you finish – After you have finished your speech pause briefly, take a couple of steps back and then return to your seat slowly
- Never try to impress using big words. – try to simplify and make it understandable
- Never try manipulating the thought process of the Audience
- Avoid Mumbling, Reading, Filler Words, Looking Down, Panning, Looking at the roof.
- Avoid Overshooting Time Allotment
- Avoid Shouting but it is better than being too soft
BEST WAYS TO OPEN A SPEECH
OPENING 60 seconds is most critical. Your opening should be Clear, Catchy & Creating an impact. It can be any of the following :-
- A question
- A newsworthy incident
- A startling statement
- A quote
- A human interest story
- Elevator Pitch