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Public Speaking Success Preparation Practice

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

The study guide for this practice exercise can be found at: Public Speaking Success Preparation Help.

Public Speaking Success Preparation Practice

Directions: Use this form to prepare for any type of speech:

Written Speech:

  • Write out the speech exactly as you'd like to deliver it, preferably on a computer.
  • Read it aloud, paying attention to:

—awkward wording that sounds stilted or canned

—places where you would normally gesture or move

—visual aids that would help

  • Make appropriate changes to your speech.
  • Read it aloud, noting the same issues.
  • Make further changes as required.
  • Read it aloud once again.
  • Memorize the outline.

Memorized Speech:

  • Write out the speech exactly as you'd like to deliver it, preferably on a computer.
  • Read it aloud, paying attention to:

—awkward wording that sounds stilted or canned

—places where you would normally gesture or move

—visual aids that would help

  • Make appropriate changes to your speech.
  • Read it aloud, noting the same issues.
  • Make further changes as required.
  • Read it aloud once again.
  • Memorize the speech by rehearsing it aloud without looking at your manuscript.
  • Repeat.
  • Repeat again.
  • Memorize the outline.

Extemporaneous Speech:

  • Create a complete outline from your preliminary outline, preferably on a computer.
  • Give the speech aloud, paying attention to:

—awkward wording that sounds stilted or canned

—places where you would normally gesture or move

—visual aids that would help

  • Make appropriate changes to your speech.
  • Give the speech aloud, noting the same issues.
  • Make further changes as required.
  • Give the speech once more.
  • Print the outline using a large, readable font.

Impromptu Speeches:

  • Consider the audience and occasion at which you might be speaking.
  • Determine what would be an appropriate:

—topic

—tone

—use of humor or pathos (emotional content)

  • Rehearse those thoughts aloud, and imagine how the audience might respond.
  • Reword your thoughts to avoid any possibility of offense or inappropriate content.
  • Rehearse again.
  • Jot pertinent, memory-jogging notes on an index card or scrap of paper.

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