Skill Building: Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Public speaking is something that all of us have to do at a certain point, whether it is in a workshop, at school, at an event or at a community gathering. This is a very important life skill, because it is often through public speaking that one can share a message. Here are some practical tips to prepare yourself for an occasion where you will have to speak in public:

  • Understand the audience for which you will be presenting

  • Inform yourself well on the topic you want to speak about

  • Make sure you know exactly which key message you want to spread and what the result of your speech should be. What do you want to happen after you speech?

  • Write down your presentation. This helps you think about all things you want to say. Don’t read your script out loud during your presentation, instead you can use some key points

  • Practice, practice, practice! Even try it in front of the mirror or with a friend who might give you some helpful feedback.

  • Relax

  • Know how much time you have for your speech

  • Keep it natural, be yourself and don’t try to be someone else

  • Always look at the audience, try to make eye contact

  • Allow for questions

Take action! Make a public speech in your community, whether it is at school, to your friends or family, about an issue you find very important for people to know about.