Many students are terrified of public speaking. Oral presentations in general are challenging and tough to master because they demand a certain set of skills that shy and introverted students don’t have. One of the best ways of mastering public presentations is through eulogy writing. Eulogy speeches are not random orations, as nobody can speak freely at a funeral without getting emotional. Properly laid out eulogies (written on paper and structured accordingly) make eulogy speeches less emotional; it is a great opportunity for students to learn how to control their emotions when speaking in front of a crowd. Here are 6 simple steps that will help you master eulogy speeches.
1. Know the Usual Length of a Eulogy Speech
Eulogies can last from 4-5 to 15 minutes. This usually depends on the person you’re talking about when speaking. On paper, a 5-minute speech shouldn’t be more than 500 words. Make sure the writing is qualitative, not quantitative. Keep your presentation short and to the point; and try not to beat around the bush.
2. Master the Structure of a Eulogy
The main structure of a eulogy is intro, middle part and conclusion. The introduction should feature a welcome message or a quote to help the speaker make the transition to the middle part with a lot more ease. Make sure to include a quick brief about yourself too: let your audience know who you are. Assuming that you have a subject in mind for the eulogy, continue your speech by making quick, specific affirmations; finish off with a conclusion. Offer appreciation and thank your audience for their attention.
3. Have a Subject in Mind
Prior to giving a eulogy, you need to settle on a subject. In general, eulogies are speeches people give at funerals. However, in college a eulogy can easily be a presentation on any other subject. Stay away from making unfounded assumptions and stick to proven facts. This way, if someone in the audience has a question you will be able to give them a straight answer without hesitation.
4. Include Additional Elements to Stand out from the Crowd
Professors are used to listening to students give eulogies and speeches. In order to stand out from your colleagues and make an impression, you are advised to include elements that could make your presentation memorable. Quotes and paraphrases for example, are a great start. This will make your professor sense that you’re knowledgeable and that you really tried to make your speech different from the rest.
5. Choose the Right Tone
Eulogies and public speeches must be appealing for an audience to become interested in what you have to say. In order to grab the attention of your professors and colleagues, you need to use the right tone. Speak naturally and try not to raise your voice or increase the pace. Just breathe if you’re nervous, and look your audience straight in the eye to show them that you’re confident in your subject.
6. Consider the Audience
Eulogy speeches are like any other public presentation. There’s a speaker (who’s doing all the talking) and an audience eager to listen. However, if you don’t engage with your listeners, your eulogy won’t seem interesting even though the subject might be pretty good. Look at the people in front of you, use body language to keep them interested, and interact with them to pique their interest.
There you have it! Mastering eulogy speeches is not a mission impossible. All you need to make your presentation work is a bit of confidence and a good subject.