Tips for Giving a Speech

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Tips for Giving a Speech New year, new me. Just kidding, that was last year and I really like the version of myself that I became so I'm sticking with it for 2018! Of course, there's always room for growth, improvement and innovation, so I decided to answer the prayers of many this year and go beyond just revising essays and papers. I am pleased to announce that this year, Killer Papers will offer speech assistance, too!

It's something we've had numerous requests for, but haven't made a major focus as we were going through a major growth period during our first year. Now that I have more help and a stronger system in place, I am excited to be able to offer you guys speech revising on any topic you need for class. From Black Lives Matter and transgender bathroom bills to gun laws or historical figures, we can cover any topic and help you create a killer speech. Hell, if we do our job right, you might even wake up some classmates of yours who designated speech time for a mid-day nap!

When ordering revisions on a speech, you can just click Request a speech! in our main menu and fill out the form that pops up. Per usual, we will get back to you with a non-negotiable price and payment link within an hour or so. It is important that you provide a rough draft speech, and indicate the length of the speech you're giving, both in terms of how many minutes it should be and if there is a page-length requirement (There usually isn't), the topic and which side you're arguing for if it's argumentative, and how many sources you need to reference. Other than that, it's pretty straight-forward. 

Since I'm offering help with speeches now, too, I thought you all might like to hear a few of my tips for crushing and delivering a Killer speech. I was always a pretty good speech-giver because I remembered and used these rules, and I hope that they can help y'all as much as they helped me!

Rule 1: Relax, because I guarantee no one in your class is listening. 

None of your classmates give a fuck about your speech. They're there because they have to be and they've got other things on their mind. They're worried about their own speeches, they're tired and want to go home and some may very well be sleeping. Rest assured, just as you really don't listen to your classmates' speeches, they don't listen to yours. So stop stressing, no one gives a fuck! The only person listening is your teacher, and they have a life they're probably thinking more about in those few minutes than your speech. Chill, fam!

Rule 2: Don't use notecards unless you really, really need them. Speak from the heart and a few key thoughts. 

The best speech I ever saw given when I was in school was by this extremely hot girl named Hannah. She was a very personable girl and loved to talk, but she didn't give much of a fuck about her grades. As such, she forgot to do her speech and ended up going up in front of the class completely unprepared. She got up there, smiled and began talking about her favorite thing in the world, her dog. She spoke about their relationship, how she learned responsibility, the things she did with him each day and some great memories. Most important of all, she spoke from the heart. She got a 110%. 

It might sound stupid or cliche, but speaking from the heart is always so genuine and free of awkward eye movement between cards and your audience and pauses from things you feel you left out. When picking a topic, choose something you're passionate about, do the research, and put it together, learn it and really think about it, and then get up there and just tell the class what you thought was cool. 

Speeches where students are nervously looking up and down from notecards, with pauses in between, are awkward and no one enjoys them. Find a topic you're passionate about or think is cool, do the research and think of a few cool things to remember, and then get up there and just talk openly. Your teacher will be impressed you ditched the cards and will enjoy your genuine thoughts. 

Rule 3: Go first if you can. 

Whether it's putting off an appointment with the doctor or avoiding a bad talk with your significant other, the longer we let things build up, the more we worry about the things that can go wrong. As Nike says, "Just Do It". Giving a speech is no different. The longer you wait and let everyone else go, the more nervous you will get. You'll start to worry about all of the things that can go wrong, and by the time you get up there, you'll be more nervous than if you had just gone when the teacher asked for volunteers to go first. 

If you jump up and say "I'll go", you'll demonstrate the thing people love the most when it comes to public speaking; confidence. Your teacher will not have anyone else to go off of as they grade your speech while you deliver it, and I guarantee you your teacher will go easier on you. As long as you don't completely fuck up, you're practically guaranteed an A!

As you walk to the front of the room to give your speech before anyone else has gone, just remember to be cool, keep eye contact, and be genuine. Most importantly, relax, because everyone else in the room is worried and thinking about giving their speech, not listening to yours. So really, you're just having a conversation about something you find cool with your teacher. Easy peasy!

Until next time, 

KP
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