Public Speaking




Public Speaking

Steps To Prepare

  • Outline your materials
  • Use key words on notecards for quick reference
  • Practice outloud
  • Rehearse until you know the speech proficiently, it helps to know what you're talking about

Giving Your Speech

  • Maintain good posture, stand up straight
  • Speak loudly and clearly
  • Don't use note card because you are engineer
  • Avoid a monotone voice
    • If you show an interest and enthusiasm, the audience will respond

Power Point Presentation Tips

  • Be sparse with words, use short sentences
  • Using 13 slides is great for your presentation, its a magic number
  • Avoid conflicting text colors and backgrounds, go for contrast
  • Transitions look cool but are stupid
  • tell a story with your slides-make it interesting
  • avoid word heavy slides-the fewer words the better
  • use your slides as notes-don't read off of them
  • use lots of visual aids (pictures, charts, diagrams) they will make your presentation much more interesting
  • practice! practice! practice! practicing in front of a mirror is always a good idea

If you want to use a WSU Template the following website has them:

Common Mistakes

One of the most typical mistakes made during public speeches is the use of "ummm". Memorizing the order of your speech will help keep the ball rolling, and prevent you from stalling to think.

Another key element of a speech is good eye contact. Looking at the floor or your notes doesn't promote a sense of confidence. A confident speaker shows the audience that you not only know what you are talking about, but are passionate and believe in your topic. A common method for keeping good eye contact is the "3 second rule". Keep eye contact with one person for three seconds, then move on to the next person.

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