For my Public Speaking class, we have four speeches to complete during the semester. After realizing what skills I need to work on, I have no fear to deliver the next speech.
For the demonstration speech, each person must be able to know the distinction between a demonstrative speech and a informative speech. Each speech involves informing your audience, but demonstration speeches contain some physical activity and sensitivity to the use of space.
With the speeches so far, they've been on ballet dancing, bartending, how to catch a chipmunk, a science experiment, and the different aspects of hockey. As you can tell, these speeches can be on absolutely anything; the speaker merely has to be able to physical demonstrate what they are presenting to their audience.
I have went from ballroom dancing, to a cool science experiment, back to ballroom dancing. I was not sure what dance to demonstrate, but I have decided to do the American Tango. I will be demonstrating with my former partner from Ballroom. So I have to get him caught up on what he needs to do by Tuesday. I think it will be a lot of fun, especially since dancing is very important to me- as well as Tango.
If you are ever nervous for a speech, it is most likely because you did not rehearse it more than three times. I know that was always the case for me; I always thought once or twice would be enough. But in order to successfully deliver a speech, you will have to practice rehearsing it three to four times. It is also helpful to practice, if possible, in the area in which you are presenting.
Time your speech. Even though a speech that is too long, is better than a short speech - you always want to be within range of the time limit.
A speech may be slow if it is improptu, or unhearsed (attempting to memorize the speech word from word).
We have two more classes of these speeches left to go, and I am going first on Tuesday; it works out perfectly. I can not wait to show my classmates how awesome ballroom dancing can be!