I normally speak with myself, I stand on a mirror or walk from one place to another practicing my speech. But I try only to get a general idea, because if I do a very prepared speech, I find that I get nervous when giving my speech because I forgot something that I had been practicing.The number one advice I can give is to prepare before actually speaking. Rehearse your speech by yourself over and over until you're comfortable with the material. Impromptu presentations should only be attempted when you have the most confidence in yourself.
I also find doing an outline a good way of getting the general idea of my speech.I get more nervous if I have something prepared to read. Hand me a fully scripted speech and it's nerve-racking, even if I have time to memorize it. If it's just an outline of facts I need to mention and I know my stuff, then I do a lot better.
Getting up in front of crowds speaking on a subject in a presentation mode, I rarely get nervous about doing it but worry a little about the equipment (computer, projector, speakers, etc.) not working correctly. So I tend to plan on Mr. Murphy visiting me during that time and tend to over plan contingencies. Although at times, it has come in handy.Funny you said that. I am going to read in my brother's wedding. At least I am only going to read, I won't have to memorize anything.
I would be more nervous if I did that .As for being nervous. As a teenager, I used to not wear contacts or glasses and because of my horrible vision, I wouldn't be able to see you! Worked great.
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