“Hello, Nerds! I have problems with my presentation assignment.”
“Hello, guys! Will you help me with my presentation?”
“Hi! The deadline for my presentation is almost due, and I don’t know where to start!”
These are common requests with which our Nerds are approached every day. Speech is one of the most intimate tasks that students face, but speech help is one of the most required tasks too. Years of Nerdify’s experience suggests that passing the speech with flying colors is a daunting task!
Fortunately, Personal Nerds are aware of 5 common speech problems. Today, they will teach you to avoid them in your presentation. Be ready to turn into success!
Speech Help Problem One: “What Should I Speak About?”
During my student life, I’ve heard dozens of presentations, and most of them were incredibly boring. I don’t know why students choose to pull all pieces of information they find in their presentation. Such approach wastes time at best.
Your task as a speaker is to cheer up the audience, make it alert, make it excited! Therefore, let’s review your presentation once again and delete all things that do not work. Speech help is focused a lot on removing parts that do not function properly.
My experience suggests that the following things should not be included in your presentation:
- Biography: Do not mention it, unless required by your professor. Alternatively, include only unknown or good-to-know details that add to a better understanding of the subject matter.
- Well-known facts: I’m sure your audience knows that global warming is a problem or that government should reduce childhood poverty rates. If your presentation is about a common problem, you’d better touch aspects that weren’t mentioned before.
For instance, do you know that:
Benjamin Franklin came to Philadelphia with just three bread rolls in his hands?
Childhood poverty is as an urgent problem in developed countries as in developing ones?
Despite global hunger, half of all food produced is wasted?
At Nerdify, we’ll help you to find the facts that “hook” the audience.
- Abundant information: Although the human brain is a powerful machine, it cannot store all the information it receives from the outside world. If you want your presentation being remembered, make sure to include a few, but essential, ideas!
Speech Help Problem Two: “Where Should I Start?”
Not knowing where to start is, probably, the most common problem facing students. Personal Nerds have assisted with hundreds of presentations and knew that:
- First comes first: The hurdle is that your audience cannot remain attentive throughout the presentation. If you want to make a memorable speech, always put critical information first!
- Good-to-know: Although they aren’t critical for understanding the subject matter, good-to-know things are a special “seasoning” to your speech. Adding such things to the presentation demonstrates the depth and breadth of your thought.
- Mind time: Remember that your task is to keep the audience interested and alert, so plan your time accordingly.
At Nerdify, we know that students commonly face two problems:
- The presentation is too short, which leaves the impression that the speaker hasn’t paid enough attention to making a good performance.
- The presentation is too long, which makes the audience tired and bored. If you see your peers yawning, browsing their smartphones, or chatting with each other, then you’d better wind up.
Problem 3: “How Long Should My Speech Be?”
You’re commonly provided with specific requirements regarding the presentation’s length. But in case you’re still confused, it’s better to remember that 20 min is the perfect length of a presentation.
In her bestseller 100 Things Every Presenter Needs to Know about People, Susan Weinschenk recommends making your speech no longer than 20 minutes. You need around 2–5 minutes to grab the audience’s attention and deliver some short message. Meanwhile, 20 minutes it just a perfect time to elaborate on a “bigger” subject matter.
In some cases, you are supposed to deliver presentations lasting longer than 20 minutes. The right solution is to break your speech into several 20-minute blocks, with short breaks between them. The break is usually around 2–5 minutes.
“If you have activities, exercises, or interactions, plan them at 20-minute intervals. Although they are not true breaks, they allow people to assimilate information just presented.”
At Nerdify, we recommend the speaker to end each block with remarks like: “Now, let’s have 2 minutes of rest and resume our work”, “Let’s relax a little,” “You may have 2 minutes to rest and discuss what you’ve learned” etc.
Problem Four: “I Don’t Have the Nerve to Speak to the Audience! Will I Fail?”
Of course, you won’t! At Nerdify, we’ve accumulated some hacks that will turn even the shyest speaker into a brilliant orator.
Here’s what we suggest:
- Rehearse: Rehearse your speech before you deliver it to the audience. Remember the 20/20 rule: 20-minute presentation should be rehearsed 20 times!
- Make a demo-speech: Make your speech to a family member, a friend, or a peer. When you see the reaction, you know the things that work well and the ones to avoid. You can also practice in establishing eye contact, interacting with the audience, and answering questions.
- Don’t read: Reading a presentation is the worst idea you can imagine! Personal Nerds have made dozens of presentations to learn that eye contact is the surest way to win the audience. Make your presentation personal by establishing eye contact with one listener and then with another one…
Speech Help Problem Five: “I Want to Win the Audience, but I Can’t Imagine How!”
In fact, everything is simple! A good speaker is:
- Interactive: Speech is never a one actor play! You should engage your audience in what you say by asking and answering questions, responding to remarks, etc. Make sure that no member of your audience is left behind.
- “Live”: Flatulence can spoil even the most interesting speech. Your task is to hook the audience. Amuse them, make them scared, make them inspired or make them laugh. Otherwise, make the audience frown, make them bewildered. In a word, do everything to avoid your audience being bored!
- Responsive: Always welcome questions! When your speech is done, you can make remarks like: “Any questions?”, “Questions are welcomed!” “Want anything elaborated?” etc.
Some speakers fear the audience will ask them “harsh” questions. But there’s nothing wrong in not knowing the answer.
When the question makes you feel confused, you can respond like: “I don’t know exactly, but let me clarify…”, “A great question for my next speech!” or “Thank you for pointing my attention to the issue! I will do my best to learn about it!”
Also, you may redirect the question like: “And what do you think?” “How would you answer this question?” or “I’d like to know your opinion.”
Recap Speech Help Tricks
It may take some time to prepare and deliver a speech. Personal Nerds will make sure that your presentation hooks the audience and leaves a lasting impression!
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