How To Prepare for A Speech As A First-Time Speaker

Speaking in front of a crowd in a training room rental in Singapore is a cant-miss opportunity that you should take. But, preparing for it is much easier said than done, and with it being your first time, you most likely don’t know what to expect.

Fortunately for you, we’re here to help.

Below are useful tips from experienced speakers with some of the best advice which will definitely come in handy especially if you are a beginner.

1.    Find someone with experience to help you out

This may sound simple enough, but you’d be surprised by how many first-time speakers forget about asking help. Don’t be like them. Getting in touch with someone who has the speaking experience to help you out can go a long way in improving your speech.

Find a friend, mentor, or even a colleague. Basically, anyone with experience and ask them if they are willing to help you out.

2.    Tell a story

This is where all of your creative juices will go.

Storytelling will make listing down ideas change from a yawn-inducing thing into something amazing and memorable.

Stories make speeches more engaging, and more likely to be remembered. If you open up with the story, you can squeeze in the boring parts in the latter half, and drive the point home by relating it back to the story you were telling.

3.    Don’t go ham with the design

As much as you want your audience to be wowed by your elite art skills, you want them to be paying attention to the content of your slides, or more importantly, what you’re saying.

Make your slides too attractive, and your audience will get distracted. The same goes if you slide in too many words per slide. For this very reason, animated gifs are a big no!

If you really insist on sprucing up your slides, you can create another version with more details that you can share to your audience after your talk.

4.    Practice makes perfect

Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse.

It’s your first time, so it can either be a stepping stone for you to continue speaking or a pretty traumatic experience that will make you never want to be a public speaker again. Of course, the latter is obviously overstating things, but it happens, which is why practice never hurts.

Do it on your own. Do it in front of a mirror. Get your dog or cat. Heck, talk to your pet fish. If you can, make another person listen to it, like your colleagues or even your spouse, and ask for feedback.

You may not think that someone who doesn’t know what you’re talking about won’t be of help, but you’d be surprised as to how they can pick up on how you were delivering your talk.

Remember, when it comes to public speaking, delivery is just as important as content.

Last, but definitely not the least, don’t be afraid to wing it. Not everything will go according to plan. Something might happen backstage. Your slides might not be working right. There might be technical difficulties. Or whatever. Regardless, stay composed, take a deep breath, and roll with it.

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