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Public Speaking Tips/Writing Speeches

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Your Rogue Umpqua VP hasn’t always been the best public speaker; but through many years of practice and more practice, she has proved to have gotten better and better. By following these seven helpful tips and tricks she has turned into a stronger speech writer and presenter.

Tips and Tricks # 1: Understand Your Speaking Prompt

Take a moment and see what the judges are expecting you to say! Read through the prompt and dissect it. Analyze and understand your topic so well that you know how to properly develop your main ideas.

Tips and Tricks # 2: Begin Developing Your Main Ideas

Now that you know your topic inside and out, begin developing your main ideas. What are some main things you want to address in your speech? What do you wish to tell your audience or your judges? Think about the main things you wish to say, and write them down!

Tips and Tricks # 3: Integrate Quotes and Facts

Nothing makes a more memorable, award winning speech than using quotes from famous individuals! Now that you have the basic outline of your speech begin integrating quotes that represent your main ideas. Remember that judges and your audience will look for the impact your speech leaves on them, and using quotes or facts will make your speech stand out!

Tips and Tricks # 4: Know Your Audience

Before integrating quotes, know your audience. It’s good to know the crowd you are about to address, so that way you don’t write a speech made for young teenagers in middle school and present to a major organization with an older, more mature group of people. It also allows you to develop the proper quotes to use, that way you’re quoting Albert Einstein instead of Dr. Seuss.

Tips and Tricks # 5: Practice Makes Permanent, not Perfect!

Remember the more times you practice your speech the more permanent, not perfect, it becomes! You may hear this a hundred times, but you must ALWAYS practice your speech constantly!

Tips and Tricks # 6: Memorization!

I learned my freshman year from my speech coach that it takes 26 times of practicing a speech in order for you to memorize it. Of course, I later learned that it, in fact, takes more times of practicing your speech than you can imagine in order for you to memorize it! You should spend at least 30 minutes a day until the day you compete in order to memorize your speech!

Tips and Tricks # 7: Have Confidence

An important thing to remember while preparing your speech for competition is having confidence! Speak with confidence and use your body language and hand gestures with confidence. Work on sounding natural, enthusiastic, and happy with your speech, and you will be on the path to successful speech giving!glz013