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Speak like Sparky was designed for students, just like you who are developing their public speaking skills. You'll see with a little preparation, practice, and positive experience, you can develop into a terrific speaker.
You have important things to say, big problems to solve and lessons to teach so let's get busy!
Did you know that being nervous is a normal part of public speaking?
The nerves you feel can either help or hurt you during a presentation, depending on how you use them. The moment you hear that you will be giving a presentation, you must remind yourself that everything will be okay. You must remind yourself that you will be great!
The first step to creating a great speech is preparation.
Practicing is the next important key to a great speech. You don't want to memorize your speech word for word, but you want to know your presentation well enough so that you can move from one point to the next.
Keeping your audience in mind is very important when creating a speech. They are the REASON you are speaking! By the end of your presentation, you want your audience to know more than they did before you started.
During a presentation, your non-verbal communication is important. Your non-verbals are ways of communicating that don't include words such as: eye contact, posture, hand movements and facial expressions.
It's the big day to present your speech! Remember, sometimes when we feel nervous we forget to breathe. You need air to energize your voice and to calm your nerves.
Think about your favorite teacher. Why do you pay attention to them? Chances are what makes them great is they are passionate and speak from the heart. By being yourself, you will bring that same spark to your next presentation.