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One of the most basic ways to improve public speaking, along with almost any other skill, is practice. Though it is difficult to find large audiences to practice in front of, smaller audiences of friends or peers can be easier to assemble and often provide good simulation of the nervousness and tension that comes from standing in front of other people and speaking.
Something that people often forget is also the opportunity to go through a speech several times out loud in order to eliminate weak spots and make sure you can move smoothly from one part to the next without verbal pauses or other hitches.
One more key is to simply go slow, take deep breaths and remember that pauses are acceptable, particularly if they are not filled with things such as "like" or "you know."
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