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Practical Public Speaking Tips for Beginners

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Integrity is better than any career. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

People have praised and respected those who could speak well in front of a crowd over the centuries. The audience is left in awe at how these leaders express themselves well and eventually convince them a great deal—knowing how to speak well before a crowd is the best drawer of attention to a candidate leader.

Facing a crowd can be a painful jittery experience, but others find it fun and exciting to express themselves. But being a public speaker, you ought to prepare your speech. You owe this to your audience.

Preparing yourself for a talk is not that easy. You always must put your best foot forward. The best way to get your audience’s attention is to start your speech with conviction and end it with a thought-provoking ending hoping to lead to positive action. 

Some helpful tips are listed below to guide you in your speech.


A good speech summary is critical to your talk and conveys the message effectively. Focus on the purpose of your speech: is it to persuade, inform or entertain?

The body of your speech should drive to one focal point meaning a message.

Know the aims of the event where you are invited to talk. Your speech should tailor to your kind of audience.

Be sure that your talk is meaty with facts, if necessary, figures, but which you can explain easily during your interview and make it in plain language. Points should be correct, aimed, and should be from credible resources.

Have excellent, catchy titles to draw more attention to your speech.

Acceptable Physical Appearance during Public Speaking

Gestures, movements, and facial and bodily expressions are significant because they reveal so much about you as a speaker and a person on how well-versed you are on the topic.

Public speakers should exude pleasantness, enthusiasm, and confidence.

Do not read from your notes; keep eye contact with your audience. Remember, you should speak and not read.

Dress for the occasion.

Your Speech

Speaking with conviction is especially important to gain credibility and respect.

If you are to give a speech, train and prepare to speak slowly, enunciate words clearly, pause and show the right emotions while sharing your topic. Talk to all audience members. 

Communicate with your audience, speak, listen, respond, adjust, and adapt if they have questions or reactions.

Add-ons to speeches include humor, handouts, and audio-visual aids.

Learn when to stop talking.

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