Tips To Speak Fluently And Confidently In PPDT Narration

Tips To Speak Fluently And Confidently In PPDT Narration

Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT) is conducted on Day-1.  This includes story writing, narration and group discussion.  Narration is equally important as story writing and GD.  And most of us report that giving a speech or speaking in public is our biggest fear.  And yet the ability to speak in public is one of the most valuable skills today.

The fear of public speaking is estimated to affect 75 percent of adults.  Many people find it uncomfortable to speak up in front of them and they gradually become stressed. Rethinking the way we understand stress can actually improve our physical and mental performance.  It can be easy to succumb to our fears, but we will achieve much more in life and feel a sense of pride for facing them.  You will make yourself so confident that you can face the difficulties to come.  For some people, with a little effort, they have the ability to overcome these fears.  For others, hiding these mental pressures requires a great deal of work and few tips or tools.

Let’s take a look at a few points that will help give you a better PPDT story narration:

  • Confident narration by the candidate is a way of moving forward in story narration.  A candidate should be able to greet the group boldly and tell the whole story without hesitation.  This can be done in a power packed manner by remembering that you do not need to address the evaluators but your group sitting around you.  Maintain a light smile coming from your heart throughout the activity.
  • You must remember one very important thing which most of the candidates forget.  Everyone will get some time in the form of short breaks of about 15-20 minutes after writing your story.  When everyone is gossiping around and doing silly things, you can use that time to recite your story in your mind or under your breath at least 8-10 times.  We have just written the story a while back and our brain needs to develop familiarity to tell it without any hindrance or hindrance.  All you have to do is keep telling the whole story yourself and you will find that it will help you with your narration.
  • In order to get the right place fluently and the ability to use his written expressions along with his thoughts, a candidate needs to practice a lot.  One way to become fluent is to practice storytelling and open up your thoughts in front of the mirror or with your friends.  You will make mistakes and that is for sure but again, it will give you a chance to introspect your weaknesses in this context and you can overcome them gradually.
  • As we all know you only have a minute or less, so you should tell the synopsis and main point of your story because they only want to know about your thoughts about the picture.  You do not need to speak line by line or copy the entire material from the story written on the sheet.  You should know the short description of the story and focus on speaking only those key points which can be covered well within the time limit.
  • The evaluators don’t have time as well as inclination to listen to the extra part of your story in the form of congratulation as there is a huge crowd of candidates in the screening test and they are just checking the basic level of intelligence  Also the perception of the candidate over there.  In the screening the candidates should speak in a to the point and concise manner without omitting extra words which are of no importance.  Also, they must know how and when to end and stop the statement while the dice are in their hands.
  • When it comes to effectively addressing the group, you have about a minute to actively tell the story.  You don’t have to go a long way by wasting time introducing yourself.  You can only say “Good morning, gentlemen!!”  You can start the statement by saying.  me x no.  Of the characters, they are about y years old and the overall mood of the picture seems to be positive.”  This can be a better start to your storytelling and is simple yet effective in approach.
  • What attracts everyone to you in the story?  It is the way you tell the story.  A candidate with a calm and calm disposition, has good control over the flow in the statement, and pays equal attention to all, attracts other candidates and evaluators alike.
  • The best way to tell a story is to keep your ears and mind open to everyone’s stories and then approach the group with a hint of a personal point of view in the way you narrate.  Speaking from my own experience, don’t try to outdo everyone else or prove that you’re much better than the rest of the group in any way.
  • Your voice should be loud and clear enough that your group of 12-18 candidates along with 3 assessors can hear you clearly.  You should be able to adjust the tone of your voice and know when to raise the tone or when to keep it passive.  Your speech speed as well as your manner of speaking should be soothing and confident.
  • Do as you are told to do and follow each word of the instructions carefully.  Candidates should address their group and not the assessors.  Many candidates feel that they need to tell the story to the evaluators or they only want to see the response of the evaluators while telling the story.  The best way to deal with this is not to feel like there’s a test going on, but to say it confidently as if you’re talking to your friends but in a formal way.

Tips to overcome your nervousness and speak fluently and confidently


Know what you are going to say and why you want to say it.  Remember your story well.  Sometimes, a candidate tells something that is not related to the story he or she is writing.  So, remember your story and wrap your narrative around the story itself.


Thirty seconds before speaking, take three slow, deep breaths through your nose, filling your belly.  As you exhale, say quietly to yourself, “Relax.”


After the picture perception test, avoid wasting time and practice storytelling beforehand.  This boosts your confidence and you perform better.

Accept nervousness:

Even experienced speakers get nervous.  Don’t try to let go of your worries.  Turn them into energy that you can use to fuel your delivery.  PPDT narration is just 1 minute, you can easily pull it off.


If you have time before narration and GD just walk around and practice vigorously at least 5-6 times.  Don’t memorize your story or practice it word by word.  Talk it through, point to point.  Imagine that you are explaining this to a friend.

Connect with your audience: 

Make audience your ally.  Talk to other candidates before your statement to get to know them.  When you talk to them, look one person at a time in their eyes.  When your audience supports you, your job as a storyteller becomes easier.

Attention to your audience: 

stage fright is rooted in self-occupation.  (“How am I doing?”, “Do I mean anything?”) Stop focusing on yourself.  Instead, focus on your audience.  (If they can understand what you say, whether they are engaging with your statement or not).


Most of the candidates try to do too much in one statement.  Then they worry about missing something or losing their train of thought.  Instead, aim to simply communicate the story.  Keep it short and simple.  Don’t go for the quantity, manage the quality of your statement.  Use simple words but deliver an impactful story.


Practice a lot.  Try practicing narration in front of a mirror at home and note down small details like posture, body language, and gestures.

Act confident:

The other candidates or people out there won’t see how nervous you are. They can’t tell if your palms are sweating or your knees are knocking or your heart is pounding. So don’t tell them. Smile. Stick your chest out. Look confident, even if you don’t feel it.

Visualize success: Practice relaxation techniques in the days before your SSB. Lie down or sit comfortably in a quiet place. Breathe slowly. Close your eyes. Imagine your upcoming speaking engagement. Picture yourself speaking with confidence.

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