Tips and Techniques for reading the Word Wrangler creative prose.

Unless you are a professional public speaker, you are going to be a little nervous…don’t worry, everyone else in the room feels the same way.

1) Relax

When you relax the prose will just flow. You can reduce your speaking anxiety by closing your eyes, have a shot of tequila, if appropriate and let it go.

2) Practice….Outloud

The more you practice, the more familiar you will be with the prose. By reading it outloud by yourself at first, you begin to hear the rhythm of the words, the pacing. This is where you will discover any places that can trip you up.

3) Do not worry about rejection

You made the effort to have the Word Wrangler create this piece… everyone will want to hear it. Nobody will boo or hiss.

4) Focus on Patterns

When you speak try to get into a rhythm or a flow.  Sometimes, a short pause in between paragraphs can add anticipation to what you are going to say next.

5) Watch Yourself in the Mirror

Practice your speech in front of the mirror as if you were speaking directly to someone. If you really want to learn how to improve public speaking skills then…

Pay attention to:

  • Your facial expressions

  • Your gestures

  • Your body movements

  • How welcoming you appear

When you have gentle expressions and a calm demeanor when you speak, you will be more welcoming to your audience.

6) Record Yourself and Learn Your Voice

Record your speech on your phone or video camera. Record yourself giving the talk from beginning to end. Then listen to it or watch it, and make notes on how you could make it better. Some people do not like listening to the sound of their voice on tape, so it is important that you get used to your own voice and speaking style.

7) Work On Your Breathing

When you focus on your breathing your voice will have more resonance and you will relax. Breathe calmly and focus on getting into a rhythm. Although this is a public speaking exercise, breath-work will help reduce stress and improve clarity in all areas of life.

8) Practice Some More . . .

Nothing prepares you better than practice, practice, practice

9) Try it on for size by reading to another person

There are plenty of people you can practice on.

  • A significant other

  • Your friends

  • Your parents

Speaking directly to another person will help relax you and give you experience with getting feedback from someone. Make a mental note where they smiled or laughed or cried. By doing this you can anticipate that will happen when you read it for real.

10) Chocolate Before Speaking

Take a little chocolate about a half hour before the presentation…then go far a walk to get your blood circulating and send oxygen to your brain.

11) Have some water handy

Sometimes squeezing some lemon into your water helps as well. It helps lubricate your throat.

12) Focus On the prose, Not the Audience

Focus on delivering the prose in the best way possible. Don’t worry about the audience. Word Wrangler wrote this to get reactions, remember, they are out of your control.

There is always going to be someone in the audience on their phone or yawning. Remember that there will always be people who are bored or tired. None of these audience reactions have anything to do with you personally.

13) Avoid Talking Too Fast

Talking fast during a speech interferes with your breathing patterns. If you talk too fast you will breathe less. Feeling short of breath will make you panicked and more susceptible to fear. Practice slowing down when you speak, and you will be more calm and relaxed.

14) Make Your Nervous Energy Work for You

Learn to channel your nervous energy into positive energy. Being nervous is a form of adrenaline. You can use it in a positive way to help give an impassioned presentation during public speaking events.

© 2023 by John Roscoe Miles