People often ask me, “How do I become an orator?” It’s an especially common question in the week leading up to Speech Day, when schools put on a huge celebration and meeting someone unexpectedly quotes for students and their families. The truth is that becoming an orator isn’t easy — it takes years of practice and hard work. But if you’re dedicated enough to make a real success of your presentation, you’ll be well prepared for the journey ahead.

1. Get a lot of practice.

It is said that, if you work at something long enough, you will get better at it. Oratoring, like any skill, is best learned through practice and repetition. Do it often. Make a habit of pre-preparing your presentation to study and perfect the material before your Speech Day. Choose one or two days each week to prepare for your speech. If you are not working on speeches every day, then set aside time for it every day — even if it’s just 5 minutes here or there during your busy day.

2. Start early 

The earlier you start, the more time you have to make steady progress. Your first priority should be to get a lot of practice in your chosen topic — which means making sure you spend an appropriate amount of time on it. But don’t spend so much time that your preparation for the speech becomes a distraction from other things in life. You want to focus on oratoring, but not so much that it becomes an all-consuming task that breaks down everything else in your life. Start early: keep at it until the day before Speech Day, then take a few days off to just enjoy being human. If this is the case, then pick up where you left off when you return.

3. Be consistent 

Exposure is the key to oratoring. Even if you do get a lot of practice, don’t expect instant results. Don’t expect to be an orator overnight. The only way to improve at orating is through repetition — and that means repeated exposure over time. Each time you speak, you need to spend another 90 minutes after your speech in order for your presentation, script and memorization of words and ideas all to stick with you. Don’t set yourself up for failure by avoiding all the regular intervals in between your speeches: practice regularly on one topic, no matter what it is. Do this over years of time until you have developed an excellent repertoire from which to choose when it’s Speech Day.

4. Build a repertoire 

Think of yourself as a skilled carpenter who makes wooden blocks. Start with a single block and work that out, one step at a time. If you start with a boring block, then your mind will want to look for the exciting things to do; but if you start with something that engages your interest, then you’ll find yourself more engaged in your action. This is how it is with oratoring: choose the topic that excites your imagination from all the options out there. Your first step is to find something you are interested in — whether it’s the human condition, history or even science. Then develop the idea into an individual presentation over time.

5. Find something you are interested in

If you are interested in a topic, you will be more willing to practice it over time. When you are invested in a topic, it’s easy to develop your presentation and make it truly memorable. Interest is the best tool that an orator can have. If you can get excited about what your topic means to you, then there is hope that your audience will feel the same way. You may even end up influencing them in some way — make sure you have a message to deliver with your words. It’s important that orators know what they mean when they say something — and it’s even more important for them to know why they’re saying something.

6. Choose something you are passionate about

If you are passionate about a particular topic, then your presentation will be that much more interesting for your audience. If you believe strongly in what you’re saying, then it won’t matter if it’s boring — people will want to know more about it. If you can find a way to make the speech feel personal, then it will naturally become more engaging. In other words, the key to making your speech memorable is to make sure that the material seems relevant to your life and audience — and that is always best accomplished by using an angle of information that resonates with your audience.

7. Create a personal relationship with your topic 

The best orators foster a personal relationship with their topic. They do this by caring about it — so much so, in fact, that they become familiar with the subject and assume a personality for it. You can’t be friendly to something you don’t think of as “me” — you have to make your material seem like the most interesting stuff in the world. Be creative and creative — don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. The more personal and relevant you get, the more likely it will be that your audience will love what you say.

Summary:

Being an orator isn’t easy — but it is within your ability to make it much easier. It’s something you can learn through practice and repetition, but the way you master it will require consistent effort and a great deal of time — but when you do that, the rewards will be great. If you practice often enough and get good enough at what you are doing, then your Speech Day won’t be a big letdown. You will genuinely have prepared yourself well for the speeches ahead of time, so that when it comes down to having to deliver your one big presentation on Speech Day, it won’t be a disaster.

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