Lesson 6º








Place of speech

The place where you are going to make the speech will also determine the type of speech:

The place will give the event its own identity, making it more or less formal.

Speaking in a small meeting room is not the same as speaking in an auditorium, or from the town hall's balcony.

The speaker should know the place where he/she is going to present and bear it in mind when he/she is rehearsing.

Know its dimensions, find out if there are projecors, black boards, etc: if the room is big enough to move around in; find out if you will have space to move around between the audience (for example, in a university class room, etc).

It would be good to find out, besides knowing these details, if you can carry out the last general rehearsal at the location, the day before the event.

This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the place, which will also help you to relax you a little, making you less nervious.

If you do not have the possibility to visit the room/area, you should at least get in contact with the organizers of the event so that they can give you information about its characteristics.

What you shouldn't do is not know anything about the place where you are going to speak until the very last moment, as you don't want any last minute surprises which are difficult to solve.

For example, if they don't have a projector to show your slides on which you have already prepared, if there isn't a stand for you to use to place your notes, if the platform is too small, etc.

You need to make sure that you avoid any unforseen elements that could ruin your speech.