Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even
beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some
proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better
1. Know your material. Pick
a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in
your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language –
that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
2. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all
equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler
words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow
time for the unexpected.