No, you don't go to the school nurse if you have it. Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, and if you're like lots of people and get sweaty palms and a shaky voice even thinking about making a speech, we have some tips and advice for you!
- If time allows, talk to a few members of the audience beforehand so you'll have some friendly faces to focus on
- Begin by telling a story or anecdote, not by thanking them. Have it memorized so that you can make eye contact with your group. Don't tell a joke unless you're really good at it.
- Don't apologize or mention being nervous.
- Keep it simple; people don't remember much when they hear a speech.
- Don't lower the lights for slideshows; you want people to be able to see you.
- Know the goal of your speech.
- Practice your transitions to move from one point to the next.
- Use Powerpoint to elicit an emotional response from your audience; not as an outline for your speech.
- Stand up straight and pretend you're having fun
- Tell stories to get your point across - you don't have to memorize anything and it sounds spontaneous.
- Practice out loud in the shower or in front of a small audience. Replace "um" and "uh" with silence.
- Leave them wanting more.
Check out some of the resources that the library has for you:
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds (2007)
The Art of Speeches and Presentations: The Secrets of Making People Remember What You Say by Philip Collins (2012, eBook)
Better Powerpoint: Quick Fixes Based on How Your Audience Thinks by Stephen M. Kosslyn (2011)
Speaking Up, Speaking Out: A Kid's Guide to Making Speeches, Oral Reports, and Conversation by Steven Otfinoski (1996)
Making the Speech by Amanda Gray-Swain (2005, DVD)
Saber Hablar by Antonio Briz Gómez (2008)