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Public Speaking: Helpful Tips

You Perform How You Practice

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect; It Makes Permanent


Practicing your speech using bad habits increases the likelihood that those habits will resurface on the day of your presentation. Be Smart! Check out the tips below to see how to correctly rehearse your speech!

Rehearsal Tips for Great Speeches

Rehearsal Tips

Day of the Speech

Presenting Your Speech

Tips on Giving Effective Presentations:

Eye Contact 

  • Using natural, direct eye contact helps your audience feel connected to you. 


  • Gestures can help you paint pictures with words, but make sure they don't get in the way, and they are natural. 


  • Be enthusiastic. If you don't care, why should your audience? Your enthusiasm builds your audience's enthusiasm.


  • Articulate your words clearly so the members of your audience will understand you. 


  • Breathing helps you control nervousness. It also gives you time to gather your thoughts. Remember that a pause can be used to provide emphasis. 


  • Correct posture conveys confidence. 


  • The tone of your voice can create or change a mood. 


  • Dress for success. Be neat and professional. Don't wear loud accessories that will distract members of the audience. 


  • Use proper language and be careful not to use non-words and fillers such as "um" and "uh" too often. 


  • A smile will not only make you look and feel better, but also make your audience more receptive.  


St. John, Ron. "Presenting Speeches." Public Speakers. N.p., 16 Jan. 2002. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

Five Basic Public Speaking Tips

Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech

Public Speaking: Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech

According to Cynthia Bell, in her article Public Speaking: Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech, the Five Steps to the Public Speaking are as follows:

1. Understand and research the topic

2. Outline

3. Seek input and edit

4. Practice, practice, practice

5. Treat yo’ self

To read more about these five steps click here.

Adapted from Cynthia Bell, "Public Speaking: Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech." 2013.

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