- By Art Gib
- Published 09/3/2010
Giving a speech can be intimidating for many people, and not just in Texas. Not everyone feels confident when speaking. Some are born with a natural gift for public speaking and others need to work very hard at making a good presentation. For those who struggle with coming up with something interesting to say, they can look into freelance services for a speech writer Texas can provide. Regardless of whether someone is comfortable or uncomfortable with giving a speech, they could always use improvements. There are several tips listed throughout this article that can help anyone to further improve their speech giving abilities. The first tip to consider is practicing. As with anything, practice makes perfect. Those who practice have no choice but to improve and feel more comfortable with what they are saying. It’s a good idea to stand in front of a mirror to practice looking up to view the audience. This will give the speaker an idea of what their nervous habits are. Body language can be controlled by seeing the nervous habits and making a conscious effort not to do them. Indeed, it is very important for those who want to improve their speaking skills to practice as much as possible.
Many speakers struggle with
a shaky voice as a result of feeling nervous. There are a few things that can be done to reduce or eliminate a shaky voice altogether. One thing to do is to avoid carbonated drinks. These have a tendency to make a mouth dry which can make it difficult to speak. It’s better to drink water and fully hydrate than to drink carbonated beverages. Also, when starting out if the voice is shaking, it’s a good idea to pause for a brief moment and take a deep breath. Find something to focus on and it might make things less intimidating. For instance, some speakers like to focus on a friendly-looking individual in the back of the room. This can have a calming effect and should be used if the speaker notices’ their voice beginning to shake.
Lastly, remember there is nothing to be worried about. The absolute worst case scenario is that someone will ask a question that the speaker in question does not know the answer to. If this happens, it is OK. Speakers do not have to know everything. It actually builds credibility when a speaker admits to not having all the answers. This is a great opportunity to turn the question back to the audience to ask any of them if they know. This helps to get the audience involved and makes for a more memorable and enjoyable event. Indeed, there are several things that anyone can do to make their speaking better.