The executive vice president and general counsel for UCB, a biopharmaceutical company, Anna Richo is an experienced legal professional. Throughout her distinguished career, Anna Richo has given speeches at events hosted by many prestigious organizations, including the NAACP, the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, and the California Healthcare Institute.
Giving a great speech at a large-scale event can seem intimidating, but the following three tips may help make the practice much easier.
1. Talk about what you know: Some speakers are preoccupied with making bold statements for the sake of impact, but the most impactful statements often come from talking to the audience about topics that you find personally relate to. Passion drives energy, and speeches that draw from personal experience can leave a much more lasting impression.
2. Look confident: The audience will be more likely to consider your points if you look self-assured. Maintain good posture and be sure to make eye contact with your audience.
3. Change up your speech patterns: Monotone speech is going to leave your audience feeling disengage. Practice your speech in advance, experimenting with different tones and deciding which words to emphasize. Additionally, don’t forget to practice slowing down the speed of your speech, as nervous orators tend to deliver speeches quickly.