Pick a topic that you are interested in; collect adequate information about the subject. Research eases anxiety. The quantity of info determines the amount of time necessary for your speech.
Include visual aids and an explanation to accompany each. Duplicate the visual aids for distribution among your audience.
Plan a logical sequence for the speech; translate this organizational structure into a working outline. Support each main idea with specific examples.
There are two main types of formatting for the speech: fully written out or notes in outline or index card form. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, there is a serious danger of “just reading” your fully written form. If you use note cards, they are very useful to maintain accuracy on facts and figures. In either instance, notes ease anxiety.
Practice, practice, practice! Record yourself giving the speech. Observe your body language, time of the recording and the volume of your voice.
Your notes should be clear, concise and double spaced.
When presenting, speak at a rate slower than everyday conversation. Your audience may have trouble following a faster rate; furthermore, anxiety causes many speakers to speed up.
Be aware of your speech patterns and body language; maintain eye contact and focus on correct, confident posture.