How To Succeed In Public Speaking

How To Succeed In Public Speaking

It may not be enjoyable, but it doesn't have to be difficult.
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There will always be a point in life where you have to stand up in front of an audience to speak. Public speaking seems to be everyone's worst enemy. There are classes on it in, seminars, funny anecdotes, the list goes on. It goes without saying that for some people, it is their biggest fear. Well, I can tell you now, fear no more. Public speaking actually happens to be something I enjoy. Now I'm not saying I don't get nervous and freak like most, but in the end it is something I find, may I dare say, fun? The following is how to succeed when public speaking.

1. Figure out who your audience is.

Audience is a big factor in to how your speech will go. Depending on who you are talking to will indicate what kind of language, tone, and points you may bring up. Try to gauge the size of the audience as well. While you will be ready to go with a big or small group, knowing the size before hand will help so there isn't any shock factor when the day arrives.

2. Do some research.

Your speech may be over the simplest thing, however you can never be over prepared. Put some thought and research into what you will be talking about. You may think you know everything about the subject, but its always better to check if you are missing something that could affect how your speech goes.

3. Write down the major points you want to touch upon.

There is always a beginning, middle, and end when speaking on something; let's make sure you get everything you want to say out within that time. You may feel like it is silly to write down the obvious things you want to speak on, but when you're in the moment you may forget. By writing them down, you can visualize the list of things and not miss a point.

4. Make note cards.

Whether you end up using them while you talk or not, write on some notecards! You can plan your entire speech out or just write some short blurbs, it is up to you. My best advice is to write everything you would like to say and how you want to deliver it on the cards. You can use them to practice up until the very moment you go on.

5. Recite your speech in the mirror.

Before consulting anyone else with your thoughts, consult yourself! It will sound very silly, but look at yourself in the mirror and recite your speech out loud. This will allow you to see how you look while speaking and you can hear everything you have to say. You will be able to change the way you look if you want and will be able to edit your speech with things you missed while just writing it.

6. Repeat your speech to a close acquaintance.

If you are able to, it is always beneficial to have someone else besides yourself hear what you have to say before delivering it. They can give you feedback or just words of encouragement. Either will help.

7. Practice your power pose.

Everyone has their power pose, you may not think so, but it is true. Find out what you feel most comfortable in and in control. Are you standing feet planted straight on? Are you holding your hands, crossing your arms, using your upper body to express emotion? Whatever you feel best in, find that position and stay with it.

8. Act confident.

You may feel like you want to hide under a rock or run away, but you can't show that. If you stand there exuberayting confidence, people will believe that is how you are. Eventually you will feel confident as well and you won't even have to act. Fake it till you make it.

9. Don't picture everyone in their underwear.

This is honestly one of the most outrageous piece's of advice I have heard for public speaking. One, why would this make you feel better? Two, if you try this method, it will probably just steer you in the wrong direction and there goes your train of thought. Instead of imagining the audience in their underwear, look at them for who they are. Take a browse of who you are speaking too, and then that is all the eye contact you have to do. If you cast your gaze at about their foreheads, or right above their heads, it will seem as if you are keeping eye contact. You may not be, but it will seem as such and make everyone more intent with you speech.

10. Have fun with it.

Public speaking is hard! But it doesn't have to be painful. Everyone talks it up and stresses over the matter. Instead of stressing, do what you can to prepare and when the day comes, you know you are ready. Enjoy it as you are speaking and everyone else will do the same. The vibe you give off is one the audience will reciprocate. If you stumble on some words or forget to mention something, just keep on moving. You will probably be the only one noticing. After all, you are your worst critic.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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22 Things Parents Should Send Their Children At College, If They Love And Miss Them

We're getting to that point in the semester, y'all.

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Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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