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Giving a speech – how to take the stress out of giving a speech – simple do’s and don’t to make it easier.

your speech 

two men preparing a speech


Every speech requires different delivery and every speaker
has a different style but these tips are relevant to pretty much everyone. I
hope you find them useful.


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 punch line. So give them time to get it..

Emphasise key
Imagine you’re telling a story without
a script. You’ll say some words louder than others and change your
inflection on others.

However well written the speech, you don’t want to be
‘reading’ it. Know it well enough that it just becomes a safety net.

Body language is vital. If you’re addressing someone, look at
them. Use your arms to emphasise a point.


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.


about giving a speech?

Lawrence from Great
can help you write a truly unique speech, whether it be
for a wedding, after dinner or a corporate event.  He can also help
you develop your speech-giving and presentation skills.