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Good speakers are disciplined.
Most of them spend more time preparing, ruthlessly separating chaff from the quality elements of their presentation.
Preparation is the best guarantee against a poor performance. Good preparation will allow for you to work on your speech often - adding and taking things out - and to practise as often as you can. With a well-prepared speech, you should be able to face your audience with confidence.
Using the fingers on your hand, ask yourself the following five questions:
l Whom are you speaking to?
l What are the needs, ages and education levels of your
l What is their cultural background?
l What do you think will be the attitude of your audience to your topic?
Different group attitudes require different methods of presentation.
l What do you want to convey to your audience? What subject matter do you need to include?
l The goal of your presentation?
l Will it be useful to use humour?
l Will it be helpful to use props, posters or diagrams?
l It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the venue at which you will be speaking.
l If possible, practise with the microphone in your venue.
l At what type of event or occasion will you be speaking?
l The kind of speech you prepare must suit the occasion.
l Do make note of factors such as the time of day and, or season of the year.