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Index Cards: Public Speaking

Index cards are usually 3 inches by 5 inches (3x5) or 4 inches by 6 inches (4x6). They are made of paper that is heavier than notebook paper. This page describes how you can use them for giving a speech or oral presentation.

Public Speaking - Giving a Speech!

  • Write down one idea on each card.
  • Put the cards in order.
  • Experiment with giving your speech a number of different ways.
  • Practice giving your speech.
  • Read your speech to yourself.
  • Repeat this, seeing if you can avoid looking at your index cards all the time.
  • Practice in front of a mirror.
  • Try different expressions, hand movements, tone of voice, etc.
  • Practice by recording your speech on a tape recorder.
    • If you have never heard your own voice on tape, this could be very interesting!
    • Are you speaking loudly enough? Too loud? Are you saying the words clearly? Are there any improvements you can think of?
    • Time the length of the speech. Is it too long? Too short?
  • Practice by giving your speech to someone you know.
    • Ask them what they think.
    • If they make a suggestion, think about what they have said.

When the time comes to give your speech - you'll be ready and it will go very smoothly.

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