Public IB School

tips for public speaking
  • take a deep breath
  • it’ll be over before you know it 
  • pretend like you’re obama (it’ll help you talk slower)
  • stand up straight
  • in a class setting, people don’t typically pay attention anyways so it’s not like your classmates are watching your every move. they don’t care.
  • don’t lock your knees
  • bring up a note card with important topics or quotes
  • make eye contact if you can
  • or look at people’s hair. it’ll make it seem like you’re making eye contact, but it’ll be less awkward
  • don’t memorize your entire speech. instead, memorize a couple bullet points of topics you need to hit
  • project your voice as if you’re speaking to someone sitting in the back of the room
  • talk with your hands to help you feel more warm and welcoming
  • don’t put your hands in your pockets
  • walk around a bit, but let it come organically. don’t force it.
  • don’t bounce one leg the whole time, it’s distracting
  • spit out your gum
  • smile
  • don’t eat a big meal prior
  • if you have to present for a certain number of minutes, have a friend sit in the back of the room and hold up finger signs for how many minutes you’ve been up there
  • don’t wear loud jewelry
  • practice your presentation/speech to a friend or family member who is unfamiliar with the material. if they don’t understand your presentation or don’t follow, you need to be more detailed
  • stick to the built-in themes on power point. yes, colors are pretty, but some color combos can be hard to read, and you won’t know it until it’s up on a big screen/projector.
  • put pictures in your power point. they’re more entertaining to look at than a paragraph of text.
  • speak with formal language. stay away from curse words and slang.
  • remember that everyone in your class is going through the same stress.
  • if you absolutely cannot handle the idea of public speaking, talk to your teacher and see if it’s okay for you to do your presentation after class.
  • it’ll be okay.
  • you got this.