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Speaking Tips

The following tips are from Toastmasters International, members of National Toastmasters and Toastmaster members around the world. We encourage you to send us speaking tips. Send an email to

  1. Know The Room
    Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  2. Know The Audience
    Greet some of the audience as they arrive. It's easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.

  3. Know your material
    If you're not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
  4. Relax
    Ease tension by doing exercises or stretches before your speech.
  5. Visualise yourself giving your speech
    Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured. When you visualise yourself as successful, you will be successful.
  6. Realise that people want you to succeed
    Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining. They don't want you to fail.
  7. Don't apologise
    If you mention your nervousness or apologise for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience's attention to something they hadn't noticed. Keep silent.
  8. Concentrate on the message, not the medium
    Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.
  9. Turn nervousness into positive energy
    Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
  10. Gain experience
    Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need.

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