University of Hawai'i Maui Community College Speech Department

Presenting Your Speech

Tips on Giving Effective Presentations:

Eye Contact 
          Using natural, direct eye contact helps your audience feel 
          connected to you. 
         Gestures can help you paint pictures with words, but make sure
         they don't get in the way, and they are natural. 
         Be enthusiastic. If you don't care, why should your audience?
         Your enthusiasm builds your audience's enthusiasm.
        Articulate your words clearly so the members of your audience will 
        understand you. 
        Breathing helps you control nervousness. It also gives you time to
        gather your thoughts. Remember that a pause can be used to 
        provide emphasis. 
        Correct posture conveys confidence. 
        The tone of your voice can create or change a mood. 
        Dress for success. Be neat and professional. Don't wear loud 
        accessories that will distract members of the audience. 
        Use proper language and be careful not to use non-words and fillers 
        such as "um" and "uh" too often. 
        A smile will not only make you look and feel better, but also make 
        your audience more receptive.

The Public Speakers' Resources
|Public Speakers' Page | Speech 151 | Speech 251 | Public Speaking Resources|
|Supporting Your Speech | Sample Speeches | Speech Practice | Speaking Tips|
|Speech Anxiety | Team Presentations | Group Communication | Interviewing|
|Using Visual Aids | ESL Links | Anonymous Feedback | Ron St. John|
|The Learning Center | MCC Library | Maui Language Institute|
|Distance Education Academic Support Services|
|The Ho'oulu OnLine (Student Newspaper)|
|The University of Hawai'i at Manoa|

Page Designer: Ron St. John
Copyright 2002 - Ka Leo Kumu
Last Revised: January 16, 2002