wikiHow to Say a Speech Without Getting Nervous

Do you dread giving a speech, or have extreme fear of public speaking? Does the nervousness feel more like birds flying in your stomach than the proverbial butterflies? If you've gotten terrible grades, embarrassment, or low marks for your bad speeches, the problem probably lies in your nervousness rather than the speech. Check out the following tips, and see if they fix your problems.


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    Take deep breaths. This is a helpful starting tool. It always helps you start. (Don't take a deep breath in the middle though, it makes you sound weird.)
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    Smile. This will make you feel comfortable in your surroundings, easing your mind. Tell yourself there is nothing to worry about.
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    Have a good sense of humor. If you mess up, make a joke and then carry on. It makes you seem like you are under control.
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    Loosen your muscles. This may seem dumb, but being stiff on stage will make everyone think you are nervous.
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    Practice. This isn't for everyone, but it helps most people. If your speech is well rehearsed it will be fine.
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    Feel free to move around. (For the most part, this is more for a classroom, than a business setting) When you move, it makes you seem like you are happy, but don't be robotic with the movements.
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    Keep good eye contact. This might not be a problem for some people, but it will help the audience like you. If you have trouble with this, pretend someone did worse, or think of something funny. Or if you are not comfortable with directly looking at your audience, look above their heads rather than looking them in the eye. It will look like you're making eye contact, but you will not become nervous seeing their response to your speech. Also, try looking at the audience members one by one. It will be easier then looking at the whole audience at once.
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    Try to include the audience. Many times people think you can't include the audience, but you can. This makes you seem like you're not the only one talking, because you aren't.
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    Keep an open mind. This relaxes you and, overall, just makes you feel better. This is a very crucial step.
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    Make a couple of jokes. This will help you with your confidence if your audience laughs with you. If they don't like your jokes it's not the end of the world-there will always be tomorrow.
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    Make hand-motions and use different voice tones. You can be fast at times and slow at times.
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    Pause about 2 seconds sometimes between sentences. That will get the audience's attention and give yourself a chance to catch a breath.
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    Make an impressive beginning. It will make the audience immediately interested. Also be brave and confident!
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    Dress properly. Depending on the situation, it's ideal to dress well and modestly so as not to distract or amuse an audience. Nice stuff that fits you contributes to consolidating your confidence.
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    Have a good amount of knowledge on the topic. Knowing what you are going to talk about will boost your moral. So, do a good amount of research on the topic.


  • If you are in a large group of people who also have to give a speech (in a public speaking class for example) try to go sooner rather than later. If you deliver your speech before the majority of people, chances are that they will be focused on how they're going to deliver their speech So they probably won't even be paying attention to you. So if you go first you'll have less reason to worry!
  • Drink water before presenting, it helps you cool down and you should feel less stressed.
  • Try not to think, if you will be graded, if you fail. The teacher cares about what you say, more importantly!
  • With a large enough audience, there is usually at least one person who will be smiling at you or nodding their head. If you find this person, keep looking at them for reassurance (and as you gain confidence as the talk goes on, start looking at other individuals as well).
  • Don't pause for a long time then people will think you don't know anything.
  • You don't even have to look at the audience... Just look at something that is behind them... This wil make them think you are looking at them and will make you feel better if you have trouble with eye contact.
  • Instead of looking at everyone look at the back of the room like a picture or even the bad paint job.
  • Try to take deep breaths at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.
  • Try not to look at the teacher the whole time. This will make you very nervous, and it's very noticeable. Look mostly at the students and make lots of eye contact. Only look at the teacher a few times.
  • If you feel you can't talk because your lungs are constantly at full capacity, pause for a few seconds (preferably at the end of a sentence) and take a calm, slow breath out. Its just your body trying to get as much oxygen as possible. Don't let it make you panic, because then it will get even worse. Pausing in the middle of a sentence may sound a bit silly but it's much better than having to take a breath after every word.
  • It is good to think about the good things coming out of your speech, making people laugh and getting good marks.
  • When your teacher tells you about an oral practice that is when you get to the time that you have to present it. You should be very well prepared and you will receive good marks for your presentation. Try to include pictures as that will count for your creativity skill.
  • Don't try to get out of doing speeches. Instead, try to give more speeches. This will give you more speaking experience!
  • Try using humor. Everyone likes to laugh. Plus, it is very easy to tell a joke, it might make you laugh as well. Just make sure your joke isn't insensitive or lame.
  • Also don't take false tips like imagining them in their underwear because this just distracts you and you will lose sight of your speech. But remember if you keep a nice solid tone and keep good eye contact you are sure to surpass your fear.
  • Never focus on one or two people till the end of the speech. Sway your head across the room but not at all the time. You can look at your best of friends one at a time who would not make faces and cooperate with you.


  • if you don't take notes of what you are gonna say you might have few problems with speaking with the crowd.And if you think that you are doing something wrong all you need to do is Look at your notes briefly and take a deep breath and then continue with what you are saying.
  • Don't over exaggerate the steps. Obsessing over opening your mind will lead to problems; same goes with smiling. Don't smile a phony smile, and don't grin the whole time, it makes you look weird. Keep it plain and simple, don't take the steps too far.
  • Trying to joke around has it's risks too, there's a time and a place for them. It definitely isn't wise at a funeral or a serious business meeting. Once again, don't be rude or immature or you risk losing all credibility.

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