Common Mistakes That You Need To Avoid When Writing Your Speech
A lot of people fear public speaking. The anxiety of standing in front of a crowd can be overwhelming. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety. That's a huge number! But that's not all. The thing with being anxious is that it also makes you do weird, subconsciously, or soberly.
All the same, if you make a deliberate effort to master speech delivery, be it in writing and speaking, you could avoid some common mistakes that speech writers and public speakers make. Here are five traits you need to avoid. You will also find some suggestions to help you improve your writing skills.
Copying is an unpardonable mistake in speech writing. In 2016, Meredith McIver wrote a speech for Melania Trump, which Trump delivered as part of the Presidential Campaigns. Unfortunately, later revelations highlighted portions of the text as having been plagiarized from Michel Obama's speech. What a controversy it created! You cannot copy someone else's work and read it out as your own. The impact could be devastating, including creating a perception of being a cheat. Avoid plagiarism at all costs. You can quote someone as having said something, but you cannot copy their speech.
Disconnect with the Audience
You write and deliver speeches in front of an audience. It would be best if you always strived to connect with them. Have a conversation that fascinates the crowd. Avoid generic text that can put off your listeners. You need to know your audience beforehand. Are you going to speak to students? How will you pitch your message to grab their attention from the onset? Knowing your audience is a tenet you should never overlook.
Lack of Eye Contact
Beginners always tend to be shy when delivering their speeches. It happens when you look away and avoid eye contact with the audience. Some people may consider it to be rude, yet, it could just be a personality trait. Try as much as possible to maintain eye contact to connect with the audience visually.
Lack of preparation is a recipe for failure. While you may have written the speech, it doesn’t end there. You have to prepare adequately be reading other texts to get the contextual background of the subject you will speak about. If you want to be efficient, prepare.
You're not in front of the audience to sing. You're there to hold a conversation. Do not rush the speech. As you speak, make critical pauses and allow the audience to reflect on what you're presenting. Using pauses will also allow you to gather confidence, and the message will be more impactful, which the listeners will easily remember.
There you go. Some of these mistakes come subconsciously because of the anxiety that follows speech writing and speaking. It would be best if you avoid them, as the audience will take you seriously and listen keenly to what you're presenting. Sidestep all mistakes and become a great orator that fascinates the crowd.