The 6 Ps of a Perfect Speech

Nervous about your moment in the spotlight? You needn’t be. We’ve compiled our top selection of speech-giving tips – keep these top of mind and you’ll bring the house down, we guarantee it.

  • Story by Photo Carolyn Haslett

Nervous about your moment in the spotlight? You needn’t be. We’ve compiled our top selection of speech-giving tips – keep these top of mind and you’ll bring the house down, we guarantee it.    

Prepare
Warming up is essential. The perfect time and place to do this before your speech is somewhere quiet. Take some deep breaths, roll your shoulders and head, then clench and unclench your jaw.

Pause
Pausing after a joke or profound statement is essential to allowing a few minutes for the message to hit home.

Pitch
When you’re nervous or excited it’s easy to raise your pitch. Vary it but aim for ‘conversational’.

Pace
Don’t rush – it’s your big moment but it can be boring if you go at the same pace. It’s best to vary it.

Projection
If you don’t have a microphone, try to ‘throw’ your voice to the back of the room.

Practise
Be sure to practise your entire speech with a friend or in front of a mirror – it’ll highlight any parts you’re not as confident with so you can refine them before the real thing.


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