7 Must-Know Tips for Public Speaking in a Non-Native Language

Write an outline

  • Come up with an attention-getter. Think of what you can say to start your speech.
  • List the key points you will discuss. Write down the main statements you will make, and most importantly, highlight the words you tend to forget.
  • Write the close. Analyze speeches of popular native language public speakers to get ideas of what you can say to close your speech.

Check that you really know the meaning of the words you will use

Avoid hard-to-pronounce words

Get familiar with the slang

Manage the pace of your speech

Leverage visual tools

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake

Wrapping up



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