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Quick Seven-Step Guide to Giving a Great Speech

Updated on July 3, 2014

Learn From The Speaking Guru - Dale Carnegie

Fear No More

Do you fear speaking in public? You are not alone. Thousands of people feel uneasy speaking in front of a group, which is why I have developed an easy to follow seven step guide that you will enjoy and help cure your fear of public speaking. It is fun and exciting, and I hope you will be telling your friends about it.

I'm sure you've heard that “public speaking” is one of man’s greatest fears. – Even though it is something that we all must do at one time or another; speaking to a room full of people just gives many people the flux. Some people tremble, sweat and get nauseous in the stomach if they have to stand before a crowd.

Since I am a Dale Carnegie graduate, you are guaranteed to get an exciting course with all the fixings. You will give a speech that is unforgettable! So let's get started.

Stop The Fear of Public Speaking Dead In It's Tracks.
Stop The Fear of Public Speaking Dead In It's Tracks. | Source
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Zig Ziglar was one of the greatest motivational speakers in history. | Source

Preparation – Part 1

You have to prepare your speech before you present it to the public. Preparation means:

Write or type an outline of what you are going to talk about. Research your topic – learn some new facts that you didn’t know. Saturation -- Read and read until you know your topic like the back of your hand.

Exercise Your Voice. I found this really cool site on exercising your voice. The voice needs exercise just like the body does. Voice exercises help you relax and give you more confidence. Voice exercises cause you to be more conscientious about your voice.

Expression/Creativity – Part 2

Use expressions (where appropriate) to enhance your speech and make it more interesting. Make facial expressions – show a puzzled look, look up to the sky, make a wide-eyed look. Use body language – extend your hand; walk back and forth. Make sounds – sound like a train, a popped balloon, a crying baby, or the wind. Change the volume of your voice – go from low to high, and from high to low when appropriate.

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Your Style – Part 3

Style is what sets you apart as a speaker. Style is what makes you you . Style is being yourself the best way you know how. Style is your image and encompasses:

Say something unique – “I came here today on a white horse”, quote something. Do something unique – Dancing, singing, clapping and reciting something. Dress unique – Wear a special accent piece -- something that shines, glitters; a special jacket, scarf, or hat.

Practice Part 4

Use a stopwatch (there is a stop watch on most cell phones, you can use that). It is important that you rehearse your speech. Rehearse in the shower, just like you sing in the shower. Rehearse your speech standing in front of the mirror. Record your speech and play it back.

Deliver the speech – Part 5

If you have incorporated all the above, your speech should come out very good. On the day you give the speech do this:

Take your notes with you.

  • Take a mint or some chewing gum to help relax you.
  • Take your notes with you.
  • Arrive early – 15 – 30 minutes -- so you won’t feel rushed.
  • Think positive thoughts while you are waiting for your turn.
  • Observe your surroundings; look for unique things, beautiful things, and pleasant people.
  • Rehearse the opening line of your speech in your mind.

Beginning Of Your Speech - most important part – Part 6

  1. Walk up to the podium with poise and a big smile on your face – create the energy that everyone has been waiting for.
  2. Speak into the microphone loud and clear by greeting the people with a “Hello, and the city (or place) you are in”. I love the way comedians do this. Comedians create lots of energy. You ever watch the comedic competitions? I think Comedians are some of the best speakers around.
  3. Place your notes on the podium and get situated – take your time, because you are in charge now. The crowd is following you, and they are rooting for you to do a great job. If you listen closely, you will hear a vote of confidence in the audience.

Once you have connected with the audience, you are home free.

Give the speech – Part 7

Stick with what you rehearsed – this will help you stay on target. Speak strong with boldness and confidence. Be dramatic – people are easily bored. They will fall asleep, yawn, cough, and move around. These are all common distractions, let them be. Thank your audience and you are done.

I know this might seem like a lot to remember, and you can always refer back.

Write me a comment to let me know what you think. Happy Speaking!


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    Eunice Stuhlhofer 5 years ago

    A great hub. You give nice tips especially for the preparation. I will surely need them soon. Thanks and best wishes.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Ingenira, Polishing up is sometimes all we need to do. I will be happy to discuss more tips from Dale Carnegie. Thanks for checking this hub out. Note: I working my way into hubland - sorry for the delayed response. Thanks for your patience!

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    Ingenira 7 years ago

    Excellent step by step guide to public speaking. Help me to polish up my skils in my job. Thanks ! Do share more on what you gained from Dale Carnegie school.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Hi prasetio30,

    I am glad you find solutions in this hub. Thanks for the vote up!

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very inspiring and educate. I learn much from you. We should follow your tips. I know some of us realize that speak in front of many people is difficult, we felt nervous sometimes. But in the urgent thing we should do this, without exception. You give us solution, my friend. Thanks for share with us. Vote Up.