Once you have outlined the content of your presentation, you should now begin rehearsing your speech delivery. With your delivery date in mind, try to finish drafting your outline as early as possible so you’ll have plenty of time to work on putting your ideas together orally. Your instructor will likely require a specific delivery style. As a guide, it is always helpful to view sample speeches keeping in mind that your goal is not to “mimic” another speaker.

When planning for your presentation, it is important to leave adequate time for thorough rehearsal of both content and delivery skills. Don’t make the mistake of substituting mental rehearsal for oral and physical practice. This includes revising content, developing speaking notes, rehearsing gestures and vocal delivery, and practicing in front of a practice audience.