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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 375 comments and questions on Speaking issues. They are listed according to date.

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Resource Resources USA
Registering for online speaking training Fear Nigeria
Have article on speaking Resources USA
Studying John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech General India
Want to be a motivational speaker General USA
Suggested resource Resources USA
Describe demographic features of the audience Know Your Audience Zimbabwe
Determining the audience group Know Your Audience Austalia
Write a speech for me General India
What can I do about fear? Fear India
How to get the attention of the audience? General Morocco
Gets nervous speaking to a group General USA
Guest speaker for grade 4 children General South Africa
Audience analysis before presentation Know Your Audience Ghana
How can I stop trembling and shaking when giving a speech? Fear USA

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February 26, 2018


Hi Ron,

I was looking for some information on public speaking this morning when I came across your excellent resource page:

What a fantastic list of speaking resources!

I actually just published something on public speaking:

It might make a good fit for your page.

Either way, keep up the awesome work!


Dan - USA (28457)


Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link on the Speaking Resources page.

Best wishes for success in your activities.

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Registering for online speaking training

February 25, 2017


Greetings! Please how can I register for this free online public speech traning?

Sylvanus - Nigeria (27907)


You do not have to register to use our Public Speaking lessons.

Although you can read about giving a speech, the best way to perfect your skills is by actually practicing speaking in front of a group. A good place to do that is through the Toastmasters Club. See Lighthouse Toastmasters in Lagos, Nigeria for information, as well as the location of other clubs in your area.

I highly recommend Toastmasters as a way to gain speaking skills and to get over any fears you have.

Best wishes on becoming a top-notch speaker.

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Have article on speaking

February 6, 2017



Love the website, keep up the good work.

I enjoyed reading your article about Public Speaking below:

I've written a 5,000-word article on becoming a better public speaker on my blog that builds on that post in more detail. In addition, I also filmed a 40-minute in-depth complimentary video on public speaking to go with it.

I believe it will be relevant to your audience, let me know if you would like me to send it to you.



Ian - USA (27859)


I can add a link to your website and video. Let me know the links.

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Studying John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech

December 2, 2016


sir, right now I am studying john f Kennedy's inaugural speech will it be a right method to attain oratory at the advanced level

antro - India (27523)


You can see the text of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech, as well as to hear an audio of the speech. The audio is a computerized version and not in Kennedy's voice.

Note the his speech has a good introduction and is broken into short paragraphs on each topic. This makes it easy to understand. He also has a good conclusion.

It is a good speech to use in studying and improving your speaking skills.

Best wishes for success in public speaking.

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Want to be a motivational speaker

November 22, 2016





A motivational speaker seeks to inspire the audience, as well as to motivate them to improve themselves.

It is good to try to see various motivational speakers perform in your area. Also, select some motivational speakers that you admire and listen to their audios or watch them on YouTube. This can give you ideas on how to present your material.

Of course, you need to have a subject that you will speak on. You can find organizations where you can give your talks for free in order to refine your material. Even Toastmasters is a good place to improve your skills.

Once you are giving your motivational speech around the area, you can seek paying bookings.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in your speaking career.

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Suggested resource

September 22, 2016


Hello, Ron!

My name is Lale Byquist, and I'm a college student who is passionate about public speaking. As a media communications student, I analyze tactics and strategies that can make a public presentation truly memorable. As someone who used to be petrified of speaking in front of my peers, I am grateful there are people like you who educate, empower, and encourage students to make their voice heard.

My website,, is a collection of FREE materials and exercises that can help students better navigate the many aspects of public speaking. Please consider joining forces and adding to your resources page. I see that you already have an impressive link collection and it will be a valuable addition to your page!

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you

Lale Byquist
Media Communications Student and Consultant

Lale - USA (27318)


Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link to your site a Speaking Resources.

Note that it might be good to state something like: "Click on the images or words below to see further information" under the title. It took a while until I figured out what to do.

Best wishes for success in your endeavors.

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Know Your Audience

Describe demographic features of the audience

September 20, 2016


describe demographic features about the audience that are to be considered when preparing an oral presentation

venancia - Zimbabwe (27304)


You need to know something about your audience before speaking to them. In what are do they live? Where do many of them work? What type of jobs or education do they have?

But also, you need to be sure they would be interested in your subject matter/

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Know Your Audience

Determining the audience group

May 15, 2016


How would you determine the audience group and presentation for a one-page desktop publication?

Myla - Austalia (27005)


I'm not sure if you are asking about speaking to a group or publishing something.

When speaking to a group, the announcement of the subject of your presentation usually will attract interested people. However, if the group is mixed, it is good to talk to people beforehand to get an idea of their interests.

Determining the audience for a publication is more difficult. If it is Internet-based, interested people will usually find it through a search. If the presentation is for desktop use, you need to determine how they will find out about it.

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Write a speech for me

April 17, 2016


pls write a speech on the topic is Good Character

chinglembi - India (26939)


Your school assignment is for you to write a speech, not for me to write the speech.

See Preparation for Writing a Speech and other speech writing lessons. Then you can use Computer Aid for Writing a Short Speech to help you get started.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in writing a good speech.

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What can I do about fear?

February 12, 2016


When i come infront of audiences i suddenly before going to present my presentation feel strange threat or fear and when i start my presentation get nervous my tone trembles and i get nervous i forget what i planned i speak against my planned presentation please guide me dear what should i do in such circumstances

Naveed - India (26777)


Just as an entertainer rehearses before a performance, you also need to rehearse your speech or presentation several times. It is good to practice your presentation before friends or family. This will make sure you are completely familiar with what you will say. It will also give you more confidence in doing something you have done several times.

Also, it is helpful to have an outline of your talk--including key words--that you can refer to in case you forget things. No one will think less of you if you glance down at your notes.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes for success in your presentations.

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How to get the attention of the audience?

January 29, 2016


..please could you help me with these tow questions:

1_what should you do to get your audience attention to your speech?

2_What are the main parts of presenting a speech?

I need the answers as soon as possible.Because I will be asked about them on the day of the exam 05/02/2016 and thank you in advance.

Ahmad - Morocco (26731)


After you have been introduced and are standing in front of your audience, it is good to pause and wait for them to get settled. If you don't say anything right away, it will cause them to give you attention.

Then you need to get their interest. One good way is to ask them a question that relates to your subject. For example: "Let me ask you a question. How many of you have ever XXX?"

Another way to get their interest is to make a statement related to your subject that arouses their curiosity.

The main parts of a speech are the opening, where you get their attention and interest and then tell what you will be speaking about.

Then the body of the speech is where you explain your subject, usually in three parts.

Then in your conclusion, you summarize the points you have made.

Best wishes for success in your speaking and in your exam.

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Gets nervous speaking to a group

November 25, 2015


I want to hone my skill in speaking to public..i get nervous when im talking to someone more on speaking to a group.

Roel - USA (26562)


A good way to get practice from a supportive group, as well as getting helpful feedback, is by getting involved in Toastmasters. It is inexpensive and allows the practice needed to overcome the jitters. Find a club in you area: Toastmasters Clubs.

Also see: Overcome the Fear of Speaking to Groups.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in confident speaking.

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Guest speaker for grade 4 children

October 28, 2015


i am a guest speaker at a primary school for grade R to Grade 4. i don't know how to start my speech, and how to introduce myself

Piet - South Africa (26485)


A teacher will probably introduce you, but it doesn't hurt to repeat things by starting: "Hello. My name is Piet. Today, I'm going to talk about... (your subject). How many of your know much about (the subject)?"

Get a show of hands. You could then ask one or two students what they know about the subject. In this way, you get involvement, as well as to know their level of knowledge on the subject.

This is the opener to your speech. Then go into the subject matter.

Note that it is good to get involvement instead of simply giving a speech. Children that age can easily lose interest and get restless.

Best wishes with your speech. I an sure you will do a good job.

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Know Your Audience

Audience analysis before presentation

September 18, 2015


how does audience analysis ensure effective presentation?

collins - Ghana (26387)


The purpose and content of you presentation should be adjusted according to the interests and educational level of your audience. This is to make sure they are interested and understand what you are saying.

Although audience analysis will help your presentation, it will not ensure that it is effective. You still need to communicate your ideas and maintain their attention.

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How can I stop trembling and shaking when giving a speech?

July 2, 2015


So thankful for the information how can one do away with trembling sweating shaking heavy breathing when called up to give a speech?

carol - USA (26144)


If it is a prepared speech, you should have practiced it before friends or family several times. This should give you confidence to reduce your nervousness.

A good way to get started is to initially aim your speech at a friend in the audience. Start by looking at that person and ignoring the rest of the audience. After a few sentences, you can be relaxed enough to speak to the group in general.

Note that usually, the audience cannot tell if you are trembling or breathing heavily. Your feeling is just multiplied more that others see it.

Remember to practice, practice, practice. And best wishes for success in your public speaking.

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