Delivering the Speech
The basic aim of any public speaker should be to communicate effectively with his target audience. In addition to writing an interesting, persuasive, or otherwise engaging speech there are many things that a speaker can do to achieve the communication goal through good delivery. The skill of good delivery is perhaps the most important skill that a public speaker can master when trying to become a better communicator. The reason that delivery is so critically important is that as a skill it will be incorporated into every public presentation you ever give. Your ability to properly deliver a speech is singly the most transferable skill you will learn when studying the art of public address.
It may sound silly to stress, but the best thing to remember when delivering a good speech is that you are talking with other people. People need to feel that they are being spoken with instead of being spoken at. They need to feel that you are acknowledging their existence. In other words, alienating your audience is not a good tactic. Try to think of your target audience as your best friend. You wouldnít speak at your best friend and neither should you speak at your audience. The audience wants to feel included in the conversation, and how you present yourself is critical in making them feel this way.
As long as you keep this one principle in mind--speak with your audience--you will be a good way toward possessing good delivery skills. There are a few tips that you should remember when trying to achieve the above principle:
"Although so and so made some important observations concerning the need for a healthy environment, it just isnít possible for the US government to fund every program that needs money. We should support the private sector and its attempts to solve our problems, while recognizing that a balanced budget is our most important goal."
The trick to finding a good example is to latch onto something that your audience can really think about and play with in their heads. You want them to have an active role in your presentation by involving them with something they can immediately recognize and try to understand. It draws them into considering what you have to say.
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