The following information will help you to plan the final exercise for this week. Click on the link for information and a suggested structure of planning a simple talk. This is a good example of a structure that you can follow for the two minute talk you will be preparing.
Next, use the Speech Structure Template to plan your own short talk.
Plan a short talk
Now is your chance to put into practice the points that we have presented above. Hopefully you have observed some areas that you could develop from watching some outstanding speakers and are ready to take on the challenge of developing your skills.
Taking the information presented above, plan a two (2) minute speech. This could be on a number of topics:
A hobby || A project at work || A recent or upcoming holiday or other travel experience || Something you are currently interested in.
Hint: think about points or ideas that are interesting and engaging and consider the transition between them as you move through your talk.
Using the Speech structure template, plan out the points you will make, in addition to the introduction & conclusion. It is important that you DO NOT READ directly from this form, it is there to help you prepare and remind you if you need to keep yourself on track.
Lastly, what will you like to be mindful of as you present your talk? Choose one thing to work on and propose a solution: e.g.
“I tend to rush my speech from feeling nervous”. Solution: start with three deep breaths and take a breath/pause at the transition of each point in your speech.
Now – once you have prepared your speech, present to someone you are familiar with. As you finish, ask them to provide you with a little feedback:
e.g. something that you did well and something to work on.
It would be great if you could now practice your speech again, either do the same one a second time to feel more confident or choose another topic and plan out a different speech. If you don’t have anyone to easily present to, an alternative is to use your phone to record yourself presenting. While sometimes difficult to watch, it’s a great way to get immediate feedback!