Have an event coming up where you’re giving a speech? For some, public speaking comes naturally, but not everyone is so lucky. Whether you’re MCing, giving a toast, or preparing a motivational speech, you want to capture your audience and convey your message with confidence. Here’s how to do just that!
Get the Crowd’s Attention
Stand up straight and with intention. If you have a mic, begin to speak calmly and assertively to get people’s attention. Ask the audience for their attention and then introduce yourself to start off your speech. People are more likely to listen to you when they have an idea of what you’re going to talk about and who you are. If you’re speaking at a wedding, make sure to mention your relation to the bride and/or groom as well.
Project Your Voice
When you’re writing your speech, make sure to practice it out loud as you’re writing. The written and spoken word can sound very different, and a speech will be more engaging if you write it how you actually speak. Don’t forget to project as well! Speak with confidence and you’ll be sure to engage and motivate your audience.
Keep it Brief
You may have a lot to say about your topic, toast, or bride or groom, but that doesn’t mean you should mention everything. In fact, it’s best to keep things as concise as possible. Audiences have limited attention spans, and you want to engage them, not bore them. After all, there’s a dance floor to get to after the speeches are done!
Pause for Effect
Don’t forget to breathe! The way you deliver your speech is just as important as what you’re saying. Wait a moment, and people will stop and listen or react to what you’ve said. If you’re giving an emotional speech, give people time to really feel what you’re saying. If you’re telling jokes, let people laugh before you continue.
Whoever asked you to speak did so because they value and look forward to what you’re going to say. So show them what you’ve got!