Make a good speech

Being able to communicate well does not mean that you can also give a good speech. Speeching is a completely different discipline and apart from the fact that there are of course always natural talents that stand up without any preparation and start to speak meaningfully, it is something that can best be learned.

The preparation

Proper preparation in terms of content, logic and associated time is important. On the one hand to convey a good story as smoothly as possible and on the other hand because of the psychological effect, namely knowing that the story is in your head makes less uncertain on sliders for example. The nerves play a role anyway and the more you control the process, the more limited the nerves are.


You prepare as follows:
  • Start on time, certainly 10 to 14 days before the day of your speech.
  • Put your story together in outline and see how much time you have or think you need for the individual parts. But mind you, it's not about the smallest details, it's about your story coming across. What do you want to convey to your audience?
  • Make sure you know the hat and the brim, there may always be more detailed questions. Consider to what level you want to answer this. After all, controlling the material is one, but everything down to the detail level is something else. You can always answer that you will come back to it later.
  • To know what you can expect from the audience, it is good to know your audience. Who and what kind of people are in the room?
  • Are there any other speakers and if so, see if you are not in each other's waterways in terms of content.
  • Practice your speech a few times at home in front of the mirror. Then you also see whether you are "talking" too much with your hands or whether you have a wooden attitude or your voice goes up (nerves can make your voice higher and you often start talking faster).
  • Go to bed on time the night before the speech, a good night's sleep results in a better concentration the next day.
  • Realize that you feel your nerves, but most people in the room will miss this.


No preparation

It goes without saying that it is best to prepare your speech well, but if this is unsuccessful or you have to speak unexpectedly (for example in the event of an emergency), make sure you know the main points and bring a warm and lively story, which is quiet is spoken (emotionally speaking a little slower than you normally speak). If the situation allows it, it is advisable to incorporate some humor in it, but only do this if you know that you can do it.


You achieve the most with a speech if you can ensure that people see the situation that you describe. Staccato speeches will undoubtedly be picked up by a number of people, but does not apply to most people. The lively story can always be supplemented with something that you can show and if this is not possible, describe more than one example.
With a presentation, always pay attention that if you want to show something on one of the sheets, you do not stand in front of it or stand with your back to the audience. If you cannot reach it, take something in your hand to point it out or ask in the room whether there is a laser light that you can point to.

Active audience

It is good to involve your audience both for checking whether your words are coming, but also to keep the audience involved and to let them listen actively. Ask a question to the audience on the basis of an attribute or a described example and if someone does not want to answer directly from the room, point to someone.
Drop a moment of silence and do not immediately think that you have to fill this up. Have a look (meaningful) in the room and then continue or ask the audience another question.

And last but not least

If it is your first speech, make sure your preparation is completely correct. It is not uncommon for the enthusiastic man or woman to think that they are doing it for a while and then it turns out to be disappointing. This can considerably disrupt the fun of the future, while good speech can be fun as well as being useful.

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