posted by Kinley on .
I have to deliver a 6-8 minute speech using only one side of 3 notecards. I have been practicing but it just seems impossible. I get nervous and lose my place or I leave out important points. What should I do?
First, you need to overlearn the basics of your speech.
What do you want to tell your audience?
Start with three new notecards. Write a main point on each one. Practice giving your speech with only this information. As you do this, you may find that you forget a couple of significant details. Write them on the cards.
The key, though, is to be thoroughly familiar with want you want your audience to know.
** with WHAT you want your audience to know.
Practice in front of friends. IF they are your friends, they will bear with it.
Beside the excellent suggestions you have already received, this article might also help:
Definitely overlearn what you want to say. Overlearned material is retained even under conditions of stress, like giving a speech. To overlearn, you keep practicing until you really won't need to rely on your notecards.
I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.