Every speech requires different speech delivery. And every speaker has a different style. But these tips are relevant to pretty much everyone.
I hope you find them useful and you remember them at your next speech delivery.
Do – Speech Delivery
Talk slowly. If it takes 12 minutes, not nine, it doesn’t matter at all.
Pause for effect. Your audience need time to digest the story before they get the punchline. So give them time to get it.
Emphasise key words. Imagine you’re telling a story without a script. You’ll say some words louder than most. And change your inflection on others.
Practise. However well written the speech, you don’t want to be ‘reading’ it. Know it well enough that it just becomes a safety net.
Gesticulate. Body language is vital. If you’re addressing someone, look at them. Use your arms to emphasise a point.
Don’t – Speech Delivery
Be put off by a heckle. You can pre-prepare a couple of responses to a noisy member of the crowd.
Give in to the shakes. Paste your speech onto card. Or rest it somewhere you can see it. Find out if there’s a lectern. Holding a shaky piece of paper will put you off before you get going.
Get drunk beforehand. It may feel like the easy way to get through it, but it won’t seem so sensible afterwards.
Just read it out. Great material is irrelevant if it’s delivered badly. You’ll be much more natural when you’re not reading straight from the page.
Even if I haven’t written your speech or presentation, I’d be delighted to arrange a session to help you deliver it. I can also arrange for your speech to be professionally printed onto A6 card and delivered to you (all for £20+VAT within the UK). Please let me know if you’d like some help.