Practicing for Your Speech

When speakers deliver a message effectively, that message has an impact upon the audience. Why? Well, it does so because the speech not only provides the people in attendance with information, food-for-thought, and/or inspiration, but also keeps their attention.

You have been working towards delivering an extemporaneous speech! But I have to share that there are four primary types of speech delivery: Manuscript, Memorized, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous.

Manuscript speaking, like it sounds, involves reading your speech word-for-word from it’s written form. The advantage to delivering a speech this way is that you can perfectly plan and control the wording of your speech. This sounds like it is ideal, but really it is not. For one thing, in most speeches you should be striving for an informal, conversational delivery style. Reading prevents that, as well as eye contact. Also, with set wording, you can’t adapt the speech if the audience isn’t following or interested in your speech.

Memorized, like it sounds, involves committing your entire speech to memory. Once again, this sounds great. But, practically speaking, who has time to memorize even a short speech? And like a manuscript speech, you can’t adapt to feedback from the audience.

An Impromptu speech is one that you are asked to deliver with little or no preparation. Chances are, that if you’re on this site, impromptu speeches aren’t what you are expected to deliver.

Finally, the Extemporaneous speech is a speech delivered with some prepared structure, such as notes or an outline, but is otherwise delivered off-the-cuff. In most cases, this is going to be your best choice. The notes allow you to structure your speech, without handcuffing you in the event that your audience needs you to adapt. Also, you will sound more natural and conversational, and this will help hold audience attention.

The Characteristics of Effective Speech Delivery

According to Stephen E. Lucas, author of The Art of Public Speaking, “Good delivery does not call attention to itself. It conveys the speaker’s ideas clearly, interestingly, and without distracting the audience.” Lucas also maintains that the majority of audiences prefer listening to speakers whose method of delivery combines a measure of formality with the qualities of good conversation:

* Directness
* Spontaneity
* Animation
* Vocal and facial expressiveness
* Lively sense of communication
* Enthusiasm

* Vocal Expressiveness
* Spontaneity
* Fluency
* Eye Contact

Still nervous- view this speech delivery blog for tips on how to relax

Click here for tips on getting ready to speak on the Allyn and Bacon website

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