Public Speaking Tips for Students

At some point during your time as a student, you’ll be assigned a presentation that involves public speaking.  How can you get your point across to the class in an interesting way, avoid getting nervous, and get a good grade to boot?

Here are a few tips to help you achieve your public speaking goals.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Many people are good speakers, but most weren’t born that way. What’s the key to their success? Practice. Everyone who speaks well rehearses speeches and presentations ahead of time and asks others for their feedback.

Study your notes and practice your presentation in front of a mirror to get hints on how to improve your posture, body language, and gestures.

Use Note Cards Wisely

If you’re allowed to use notes or an outline when speaking, consider putting your main points on note cards. On each card, list one point and a few supporting points or buzzwords that will jog your memory about the topic if your mind goes blank.

Avoid writing entire sentences on the cards because they’re harder to read at a glance and encourage you to read your speech rather than speaking to the audience.

Consider Your Audience

One of the most important things to remember about public speaking is that you’re speaking to an audience. Is the audience a group of your classmates? If so, what are some points about the topic that they might find interesting?

Consider adding anecdotes from the class or peppering the speech with bits of humor to keep your listeners interested. The more you can relate it to their own experiences, the better — and the more positively you’re likely to be received.

Slow Down Your Pace

The biggest mistake teen speakers make is talking too fast. It’s something that happens to most of us when we’re feeling anxious.

However, you can prevent yourself from speeding — and make your presentation easier to understand — by practicing your speech ahead of time for a friend, or by rehearsing it into a tape recorder and playing it back to hear how fast you’re speaking and how many times you say things such as “like” and “um.”

Pause, Project, and Speak Clearly

Some people say it’s helpful to imagine yourself singing the words to your speech, which would require you to pause and enunciate more than you do in everyday conversation. It also helps you to speak loudly and clearly enough so others can hear you.

Another way to make sure you’re pausing enough during your presentation is to take a small breath between each sentence. This is also a great opportunity to smile at your audience and gather your thoughts.

Make Eye Contact

Making eye contact with your audience members makes you appear confident and knowledgeable about your subject, plus it helps them feel connected to you and the topic you’re speaking about.

If you’re speaking to a small class, try to make eye contact with each person once during your presentation. If you’re particularly nervous about speaking in front of the class, you can also try looking at an object just beyond the people in the audience, such as a clock or bulletin board on the back wall of the room.

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From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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