How to Nail that Graduation Speech
Prom season’s just about over and done with. The next big fuss? Graduation. Are you ready for your commencement exercises? Got your gowns on the ready? Before you head to the salon for the graduation hairstyle, make sure you have no pending requirements that would block you from walking up the stage and getting your diploma. But if you’re set to give out speeches that day, then you might be feeling the jitters. The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears anyway.
Shake it off, and instead look forward to it because it’s your chance (yet again) to show your public-speaking skills. In a few week’s time you’ll need a job, and you don’t know who’s attending the graduation. So give the best graduation speech ever. Here’s how!
Know how long your allotted time is. Are you given 30 minutes or an hour? Ask early on about the time so you’ll know how long your speech should be. You can’t give justice to your speech if you run out of time when you still have much to say or if after your speech you realize you still have 10 more minutes and you just blabber.
Determine the message of your speech. What do you want to say to the audience? Amidst your happy thoughts, your speech should first and for all be one cohesive composition revolving around one thesis statement.
Include milestones of your student life. Make sure to recollect on your student’s life so your speech will appeal to your colleagues. Make sure you express these events in the way your colleagues can relate most to you.
Do away with cliches. Try to construct other catch phrases other than the usual. Quoting the oft-quote quotes would make sound unimaginative and even boring.
Practice the delivery of the speech at least twice, in front of the mirror to study your gestures, and with the use of a timer to see how you manage your time.
Here are more tips on public speaking.
May 5, 2008 Monday at 4:02 pm