Public speaking can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially at a funeral. When standing in front of fellow mourners, it can be difficult to articulate words to deliver the eulogy or share memories about the deceased loved one. To help clearly and calmly give your speech, here are a few tips for public speaking at a funeral service.
3 Tips for Public Speaking at Funerals
1. Focus on the Back of the Room
When speaking to a large crowd, try to focus your attention on a few people or objects in the back of the room. This way, it will appear as though you are scanning the crowd when you speak. When it looks like you are routinely making eye contact with everyone in the room, you will appear more confident while making the speech.
2. Practice What You Are Going to Say
Practice makes perfect, and that is especially true when making a speech. After reading the speech out loud several times, you will begin to develop a natural rhythm and speed. If you can, record yourself giving it and attempt to fix problem areas. When it’s time to get up in front of everyone, you won’t speak too fast for others to understand or too slow that their minds start wandering.
3. Don’t Focus on Mistakes
Even when practicing what you are going to say, you’ll most likely be nervous when you start to speak. If you miss a word or section of the speech, don’t focus on the mistake. Remember, most people in attendance at the funeral don’t know what you are going to say, so they won’t know when you’ve made an error unless you draw attention to it.
With enough practice and preparation, giving a eulogy can be made easier. If you’ve lost a loved one, the compassionate professionals at Washington Memorial Funeral Home, serving North Haven, CT, and the Greater New Haven County area, will help with every aspect of making funeral arrangements. They’ll also provide suggestions on ways to personalize the service and eulogy to help say final goodbyes to the departed. To schedule a consultation, call (203) 239-6000, or visit them online to explore the types of memorial, cremation, and burial services they provide.