Public Speaking Tips for High School and College Students (Part 2)

Do Several Trial Runs

Practicing your discussion beforehand will help you feel confident and ease public speaking jitters. Rehearse your speech in front of a mirror and focus not only on what you are saying, but how you are saying it because tone and inflection really matter. Many students who dislike public speaking tend to rush through their discussion points, so it may be beneficial to think about speaking slowly and clearly to counteract this tendency. Look at yourself in the mirror to practice making eye contact with an audience.

Wear Something Your Feel Good In

Pick out your outfit at least one day in advance to make sure you have clothes that are appropriate for the occasion and that you feel confident in. The more preparation you can do before your speaking engagement, the calmer and more prepared you will feel on the big day. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a teacher, professor, or administrator if the dress code is unclear. Get all the information you need in order to feel confident about the opportunity.

Make the Most of Your Morning

The morning of a presentation or speaking engagement is not the time to sleep in. Give yourself enough time to review your notes, get dressed leisurely, eat a balanced breakfast, and arrive early to get familiar with the space. If possible run through your presentation one more time in the space you will be speaking in for extra practice.

Following these tips will help you feel confident during your presentation, which is key to becoming a strong public speaker and excelling in your defined interests. If you are struggling with how to conquer your fear of public speaking or giving presentations in class, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Discuss learning opportunities with your teachers or look into one-on-one academic advising.

Don’t let fear of public speaking or presentations keep you from doing the things you enjoy! At IvyWise our team of expert counselors can help you identify activities that align with your interests and provide guidance on how to best prepare for any presentations, speaking engagements, or interviews. Contact us today for more information on our college counseling services.

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