Your Online Public Speaking Guide: Information and Tips

Historical Figures

No one can forget the memorable words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Lincoln Memorial’s steps in August of 1963. Dr. King was able to influence many people not due to his wealth, but because he was an effective public speaker. Other influential persons who came earlier than King, such as Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, were also able to earn their place in history due to public speaking. Public speaking will help you be successful at whatever you choose to do.

Well-paying Positions

Some type of public speaking will almost always be required when you have a well-paid position. Most people are simply too scared when it comes to the idea of public speaking. This means that high-paying positions are usually reserved for people who succeed at becoming effective public speakers. You can even enjoy public speaking if you get used to it.

Kinds of Speeches

Extemporaneous, manuscript, and impromptu are the three, general kinds of speeches. An extemporaneous speech is best when building a connection with the audience. This type of speech relies on ideas in place of actual words to provoke thoughts. On the other hand, a manuscript speech is composed like a manuscript and intended to be read word for word by the speaker. This kind of speech is useful for public figures who depend on the utterance of each word. The final type of speech is the impromptu one, which is defined as a speech you are called on to give without much warning and with very little preparation.


The biggest thing to remember when giving a speech is to have a point. One mistake to avoid is to simply talk in a stream-of-consciousness way when giving a speech. A good speech demands that you set goals regarding what you want to do accomplish with your audience. A good public speaker knows his audience and builds the speech around them.


Good preparations entail that you know the material about which you are giving a speech. A public speaker will sound more confident in giving his speech if he knows the material. Speakers should prepare by taping themselves or at least viewing themselves in a mirror. Confident speakers will deliver a speech that is more flowing, which just sounds better.

Eye Contact

Making effective eye contact is another component of delivering an effective speech. Looking over the heads of the audience is not advisable. Look the members of the audience right in their eyes when giving a speech. If the audience should be small enough, make it a point to look at each audience member in the eyes.

Take Questions

Expect that the audience will have questions when giving a speech in public. Be patient enough to carefully listen to the question posed by the audience member, and give a response that supports your presentation. It is acceptable to inform an audience member that you do not know the answer to the question posed. However, make it a point to follow that up by communicating what you do know.


Good public speaking entails establishing credibility about the topic the speech is addressing. The audience should want to listen to your opinions. In order to persuade them to do so, inform them of your credentials in an inoffensive way. For example, if the speaker has experience as the head of a corporation, he should say so.

Introduction and Conclusion

A good introduction in a speech is used to gain the attention of all the people in the audience. A public speaker uses his introduction to persuade the people in the audience to pay attention to the whole presentation. The conclusion of the speech has to contain an attention grabber that closes out the speech powerfully. This can be either an anecdote or a quotation.

Conclusion Part 2

A second conclusion is a useful item to have since the end of a speech normally contains a question-and-answer period. After all the questions have been fielded, you will get another chance to close your speech powerfully. This is where the second conclusion comes in. Finish on a strong note by using another powerful statement as your conclusion.

Shorter Speeches

A good public speaker knows to keep his speeches short, normally under 20 minutes. 20 minutes is the most that a public speaker should allow his speech to go, because research has shown that people lose their interest if they have to listen to a speech longer than 20 minutes. A speaker may feel like talking more than 20 minutes because speaking is stimulating. However, the audience may already be ready for a break.

Aids and Tips

Avoiding Stress

Conquering Your Fear

Effective Speech Elements

Preparing a Speech

Speaking Tips

What to Do During Speech

What NOT to Do During Speech