Trying to give a speech for a certain topic implies a series of practical exercises. Thereby, one of the first thing to do once you know the subject of your speech, is to create a draft. It is very important to know that you are not finished when you complet a specific draft – it is a meaningful step and in order to keep up the good work, a necessary thing to do is to edit it an practice it until you feel prepared.

Practicing seven or eight times is usually a minimum for effectively delivering a short speech.

Remember to practice your speech as you will perform it. Do not rush through it. You should speak at the same rate as you would in normal conversation. If difficulty appears while delivering certain phrases or if they sound awkward, change them – at this stage, don’t worry about time limits. Once you become more comfortable, the time taken to deliver the speech will diminish.

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After you have smoothed out the rough edges, present the speech to a friend, a parent or a teacher. This will help you overcome any nervousness you might have about speaking in public and will serve as a great source of ideas during the editing process. Because you have been deeply involved in researching your arguments, it is possible to think that they are clear and compelling, while other might think they are confusing. Having someone else listen to the speech can help you clarify your arguments before you are on center stage. You might also try switching the order of your arguments. Sometimes, when you hear the arguments on a different sequence, they will make more sense or improve the speech.

Keep practicing until you feel comfortable. You’ll know when you’re ready.

Bibliography: Participation For All – A Youth Parliament Handbook. Michael K. Middleton

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