Once you have your speech ready, practise in front of a mirror and record yourself. It may sound silly, but when you listen to your delivery you can hear where you can give more voice enhancement to bring your speech to life. You will also see how the timing is, if you are well over time start to cut the speech back. Remember, the audience does not know what you leave out, they only hear what you are saying.

Practising in front of a mirror will let you see whether you are stilted and how you can use gestures to aid your presentation.

Finally, practise in front of a family member or a friend, or better still in front of your Mentor.

From Speakeasy 129 – November 2009