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Ruzanov Diouf (2018-09-12)

Now, I know it can be difficult to make eye contact when you're already nervous about being on stage, so you can employ a classic speaker's trick which is to simply look over the heads of the people in the back row, who are far enough away that they probably won't be able to tell that you're not directly looking them in the eye. But, I do want to challenge you. The next time you have to make a speech, if you're feeling nervous, and find it difficult to make eye contact, and you want to employ this trick, I do challenge you to at least try to make eye contact with a couple people throughout your talk, because this is something that gets easier to do over time, and it will make you a more engaging, effective, and more human, speaker.

Now, speaking of practicing that eye contact, the fourth tip is to, in general, practice. Practice, practice, practice, and when you think you have practiced all you could have potentially ever practice, do it again. The idea here is not to practice your speech until you get it right, but to practice your speech until you can't get it wrong. And this is because, mastery helps you to get you through any anxiety you're feeling. As we talked about in my test anxiety video, anxiety can actually block your brain from making connections.

So, the more of a concrete grasp you have on your material, the more likely you're going to be able to get past those anxiety blockers, get the thoughts out of your brain, through your lips, and into the ears of the eager audience. Also, mastery is important because when you're getting something right in your practice situation, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to get it right in the more stressful situation where you're addressing real living, breathing, farting, human beings, right? So, make sure you practice until you know your material cold. Now on that note, you might be thinking, "Well, my speech teacher told me not to memorize my speech."

And in general, I do agree with that piece of advice, but I want to drill into it, and give a little bit more of a specific option on it. So in my mind, you should not write your speech out like an essay and try to memorize it word for word. If you do that, you're going to sound unnatural, you're going to sound robotic, you're going to sound, well, like you're reading. But, I do think you should write your speech out in the form of bullet points, have the main points listed out, have any details and facts and statistics and figures you wanna sight written out, and memorize those, so, when you get on stage, you don't have anything in your hands except maybe a presentation remote or a prop, and you can recite the entire speech from memory,

because you know your points cold, you know exactly what it is that you need to communicate to your audience. Now, another final note on practice is that practice works for individual speeches, but it's also something that's going to make you a better speaker over time. So if you feel like, right now, your public speaking skills aren't at the level you want them to be, the best way to get better is to simply speak again and again and again. There's an organization called Toastmasters, where you can get with other budding speakers and people who want to improve their skills and actually get up and give speeches in a non-threatening environment, you can take a speech class at your school. which I definitely recommend you should do.

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