Happy Monday! And welcome to part two of our three-part series on speeches, using your voice and how to write a central speech idea.
Finding your voice, and using it in a speech is the key in making delivery more effective. The next time you are at a presentation, listen. Listen to how the speaker speaks when they are giving a speech and listen to their voice when they aren’t giving a speech. Listen for their natural cadence, take mental and written notes of what works and does not work during the presentation.
Here is how you can check for your own delivery: read the presenter’s speech out loud. Read a section and take notice; can you “hear” her reading it. Or do you hear yourself? Do you hear somebody else?
When you make your notes on the points of the speech, start to read the sentences aloud. You can learn two things from this process: one is if the speech works in terms of oral ability – if the sentences are too long and impossible to say, it reads well but does not speak well. And two: you can determine whether the speech is beginning to sound like the presenter. If it has been written to match the presenter’s voice.
Also, take notes when you listen to the presenter give a speech, write down what works and what does not work. That way you can use it for your following speeches.
What tips do you have in terms of presenting? Let me know!: firstname.lastname@example.org.