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Public speaking really only improves with practice. So, if you're going to speak, practice what you will say. Practice in front of people, in front of a mirror, anything until you're confident. Then, when the time comes to present, speak slowly and clearly. If you want notecards that's fine, but don't read off of them. Try to make eye contact with your audience, but if it's too unnerving at first, pick a spot at the back of the room and look there. Remember that you CAN do this. And I can't stress this enough, but practice helps so much. Get experience speaking, and you will only get better!
I think to improve public speaking, you should master the subject you want to talk about, and prepare everything! It may sound difficult, but I believe that the result of being unprepared is worse. Usually if you aren't prepared, you start to become more nervous. The more nervous you are, the tendency to mess up is higher. So, ultimately if you are extra prepared the nervousness might decrease. If you are socially awkward or generally have a fear of speaking in front of others, I'd say practice in front of a couple of your friends or your parents. They might be able to help you and give you tips as well. Remember, practice makes perfect! Just think; I can do this!