Public speaking is the process or act of performing to a live audience. This type of speech is generally meant to inform, entertain or to persuade an audience. Public speaking is also called oration. Strategies for becoming a better public speaker include:

  • Planning your communication appropriately by structuring what you're going to say and thinking about questions your listeners will have

  • Be sure to practice

  • Engage with your audience by focusing your speech to individuals or groups

  • Pay attention to your body language by standing up straight and looking people in the eye

  • Be as confident you can be - the audience will know if you are nervous.

  • The best advice about public speaking is understand that you will be nervous but the more you do it the easier it will become over time.

Famous speeches:

Videos of famous speeches throughout history

Uplifting speeches

Martin Luther King speech about his daughter

Speech on changing the driving age from 16 to 18

Language Arts

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format