SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
The New Year has finally come, and we are all still figuring out the realm of public speaking in a global pandemic. As you start to ease into the new semester and the New Year, the Speaker’s Center has some helpful tips and tricks to making your presentations and oral projects a success!
Pandemic or not, public speaking can be very anxiety inducing for most people. The presentations and speeches given in today’s current circumstances are even more stressful because there are greater technological issues that can arise and the absence of an in-person audience to cheer you on. We, as public speakers, have to redesign what public speaking means in our heads to match our current situation- which is far easier than you think!
Most likely you will be giving a presentation or speech this semester via zoom call or recording one ahead of time and uploading it to a portal for others to see. The first item to think about is what your space around you is going to look like while you present. Think about this:
What does the background of your speech look like?
2, Preparing your Speech
Getting in the right mindset is half the battle for a successful speech. Here are a few things to remember while you prepare for your semester full of presentations:
Set realistic expectations for yourself.
Lets face it, nobody in your classes is going to be true experts on the topics you are presenting. This is okay! These speech assignments are to help you grow as an intellectual and challenge yourself with learning about something new. The best you can do is to know your information and ask yourself questions that you think your audience would want more clarity on.
3. Delivering your Speech
Finally, after carefully looking over your notes and outlines you are ready to give your speech! We offer two solutions to ease your stress over the process:
Playing to the Camera.
There you have it! As we are almost a quarter into the semester, do not forget to utilize our resources at the Speaker’s Center for your speeches. This can include going over ideas, finding research, checking citations, practicing your speech, or revising your outline. Please visit our website https://www.siucmst.org/speakerscenter.html for more information and to connect virtually with one of our volunteers during our hours of operation. We look forward to seeing you this semester!
Hovhannisyan, L. (October 1, 2020). How Public Speaking Has Been Transformed Post COVID-19. Making Business Matter. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.net/public-speaking-post-covid-19/#:~:text=Public%20has%20been%20one,a%20large%20group%20of%20people.
DeVries, H. (June 24, 2020) Overcoming Public Speaking Fear During Pandemic and New Normal. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/henrydevries/2020/06/24/overcoming-public-speaking-fear-during-pandemic-and-new-normal/?sh=708f72076dbd
Speaker's Center Director