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How to Do a Public Speech

If you are reading this, then you are probably wondering, "How on earth am I going to stand in front of all these people and give a speech?" Well, read the article below and watch as you simply can't wait to give the speech.


  1. Don't worry about the speech.If it's well-prepared and well rehearsed, you'll do just fine. And don't worry about people hating your speech. If the speech is really good, it's the audience's problem if they hate it.
  2. Do whatever relaxes you before you make your speech.It might help to bring an iPod or book to where you're going just for this reason.Then take deep breaths, and think, 'I can do this. Those people out there won't know what's coming.'. Repeat ten times, if necessary.
  3. Speak in a relaxed manner.Pretend you're talking to yourself, or focus on a close friend you may want to invite to hear your speech. If you want, pretend everybody you're talking to are bunnies! What's scary about bunnies? But make sure you don't laugh while thinking about bunnies, because this will mess up your whole speech, especially on something serious. If it's really serious, like war or outbreaks of disease, step 5 will help more than this one.
  4. Say one sentence, then look out at the audience, and give a friendly smile to all the people.Then read another sentence and so on.
  5. Try not to think too much about your speech.If you would like, pretend you're in a game show and if you finish the speech, you'll get a thousand dollars! Don't worry, because soon, it WILL be over. Take a bow and walk offstage.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I deal with pressure and stress before going on and giving my speech?
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    Community Answer
    Try to understand the reason for your stress and work on it. You could practice often to reassure yourself that you have practiced enough and will not make mistakes. Talking to a trusted adult or close friend who understands you can also help.
  • Question
    How do I give a speech without preparation?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You're pretty much just winging it. There is very little structure, but if you are good at improvising, you'll be fine. Just think through what you know about the topic and what you need to accomplish with your speech. Keep it brief and make sure to stay on topic.
  • Question
    What if I don't have self-confidence and I'm always scared?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    When giving a speech in front of an audience, imagine them all in their underwear. Just don't take it too far, or you may burst out laughing. Another tip is to not look at people, but at something behind them or near them, like furniture or a computer.
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  • Don't forget to look up at the audience every now and then. Eye contact is very important in public speaking, and give them the feeling that you appreciate that they are there.
  • Make sure you breathe. Take a deep breath every sentence or so, or in logical pauses.
  • Don't stand in one place, many audiences like people who walk around and interact, whether this is just walking back and forth or gesturing, or as above smiling is a great bonus.

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