Speeches (or public speaking) can be scary for some individuals due to the high pressure format.  As long as you are well prepared, you will do great.

Try these preparation tips to help ensure your ready for your assessment.

1) Make sure that you prepare sufficiently.  Know the information that you will be quizzed on inside and out. Rehearse the answers to possible questions in advance so that you are prepared for the test format.

2) Don’t be late.  Make sure that you know when and where your test is and show up a little early, just to be sure.

3) Discuss with your teacher (prior to the exam) the themes that you will cover, what you should wear, and if visual aids can be used. Don’t overdo it – simple is best.

4) Don’t mumble, and don’t speed up your talking through the presentation.  Rehearse beforehand so that you sound relaxed and in control.

5) Come up with likely questions and practice answering them beforehand. This way you will be prepared and have some extra practice with your speaking skills. Practice creating possible questions you will be asked by the audience and formulate answers. Find a classmate to practice with so that you can help each other and improve your confidence.

6) When using technology or equipment, make sure that you are familiar with them beforehand.  Ensure all equipment is in good working order.  Arrive early to set-up the area and test everything before the “real thing.”

7) Pay attention to your body language and speech patterns. Don’t use “um”, “ah”, or any other crazy sounds or syllables.   It is a good idea to practice with a mirror and record your speaking so that you are aware of how you sound.  Playback the recording and count how many times you used “common” words and sounds.  Do this multiple times to improve quality and word variety.

8) Make sure that you dress appropriately (as you could be marked down for this) and you do not take away from your message for the audience.

9) Pay close attention to the exam questions and directions.  If something is confusing, ask your teacher to explain it to you. 

10) Make sure that your teacher can understand your speech.  Use full sentences and explain concepts fully while making use of examples.

11) Be professional while speaking.  Use the suggestions from point 7) above to help you strive for perfection.  Make sure that you thank the audience when your speech is over.