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How do you give a speech?

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January 22, 2011 5:17PM

Firstly, know your topic.

It's preferable that you do not bring up long notes - short points on cards will do.

Practice your speech aloud. If you are uncomfortable, find someone to listen to you while you speak.

When you get on stage, remember to stand straight, with your feet firm.

Try to avoid fidgeting, such as rocking on your feet, or swinging your hands around.

Make eye contact with the audience. You are speaking to them, not to the door at the back of the hall.

Vary the tone of your voice, and speak slowly. You can gesture to emphasize, or even use props.

The main issue is that you need to know what you're going to talk about well. Once you get that done, be confident.