How To Prepare To Give A Speech

by drjim on September 1, 2015

Preparing to give a speech is all about taking steps to getting it done

Preparing to give a speech is all about taking steps to getting it done
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So just exactly what happens to your heart when you get asked to give a speech? Does it drop down into your shoes? It might not be the actual process of delivering the speech that gets you or your understanding of the importance of public speaking, but rather the idea that you are going to actually have to prepare a speech to give that can take your breath away. This can be a big task. The secret to making it a doable task is to understand just exactly what you are going to have to do to get from here to there.

Get Started

If you are going to create a speech then guess what, you’ll need to get started. In order to get things off the ground you are first going to have to make sure that you know what the goal of the speech that you’ll be giving is. Got it? Good. Write it down! By doing this you’ll be able to remind yourself why you are doing this during the speech creation process.

In order to get your audience to arrive at your goal, you’re going to have to take them on a journey. That journey is going to be made up of a number of small steps that are all leading in the same direction. Any one of your goals may seem too large to achieve in a speech. Break it into smaller tasks and all of sudden this will become a doable thing.

Setting Deadlines

When you are asked to give a speech, there generally is a date associated with it. What this means for you is that you already have a deadline that you are working towards. Don’t despair! This is a good thing. Deadlines motivate us to make progress towards creating our speech and getting ready to deliver it.

Scheduling

In order to make sure that you’re going to be ready to deliver your speech on the correct date, you are going to need to take the time to schedule all of the various activities that you are going to need to do. What you are going to have to do is to determine how much time you are going to need and then set aside time to work on these specific tasks.

Tools

The good news about having to get ready to deliver a speech is that you have a number of tools available to you. The first of these is your ability to focus. In today’s always on world it can be far too easy for any of us to lose our focus. Simply by turning the mobile phone off, sitting somewhere where there are no distracting screens, and taking the time to focus on what we want to tell our audience can allow us to create a great speech.

Next, pick some spot where you can position images of what you are going to want to tell your audience. By moving these images around you’ll be able to build a story. This sequence of images will allow you to tell a story that will allow you to achieve the goals of your speech.

Finally, creating a speech can be a long process. What this means for you is that you need to celebrate your successes along the way. As you get the individual parts of your speech created, mark them off on a master list. As the checked off sections grow, you’ll start to feel a real sense of accomplishment.

Monitoring Your Progress

Ultimately you are the one who is going to be responsible for completing the task of creating your speech on time. What this means is that every so often you are going to have to take a step back and determine where you are at – how much work do you have left to do? If you find that you’ve fallen behind, create a new schedule that will allow you to catch up. The key to take the time to make sure that you are on track.

What All Of This Means For You

If you want to deliver a great speech to your next audience, then you are going to have to find a way to schedule your time in order to create such a speech and share the benefits of public speaking. In our busy world this has never been easy to do and it just seems to be getting harder and harder. The good news is that with a little bit of effort on our part, we can get this task done and done correctly.

The most important step in scheduling your time to create a great speech is simply to get started. Once you are moving, set a deadline for you to achieve the completion of your speech. This will motivate you to make progress. Next, schedule your time and make sure that you use the tools that are available to you. Finally, always be monitoring your progress and make adjustments if you fall behind.

You can create and deliver a great speech. You simply need to know how best to schedule the time that you have before you have to give the speech. Use the techniques that we’ve discussed to manage your time and you’ll be sure to wow your next audience!

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: What’s the best way to make sure that you stay on track when you are creating a speech?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

As public speakers we get asked to give all different types of speeches. One of the most commonly requested types of speeches is the motivational speech. This is a speech that is designed to make a very specific impact on your audience: you want to leave them feeling better about themselves – clearly this has a lot to do with the importance of public speaking. These are powerful speeches; however, just exactly how do you go about creating them?

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If you want to change the world, your audience needs to believe you

If you want to change the world, your audience needs to believe you
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So why do you bother to give speeches? If you are like the rest of us, you understand the importance of public speaking and feel that you know something that will be of value to your audience and you are willing to share it. Deep down inside, a small part of you hopes that by going to all of the effort of giving this speech you’ll be able to change the world even if it is only in some small way. Well I’ve got some news for you. This isn’t going to happen if your audience doesn’t believe you. Do you know how to make that happen?

How To Get Your Audience To Believe You

In order to get your next audience to believe what you are telling them, you are going to have to come across to them as being trustworthy. In order to make this happen there are several things that you are going to have to do while you deliver your speech in order to make your audience believe you:

  • Know Your Objective: There is no way that you’re going to be able to get an audience to believe what you are telling them if you don’t know why you are telling it to them. You have to pick a single objective for your speech and make it be crystal clear in your head so that your audience can believe that you know why you are talking with them.
  • K.I.S.S: Keep It Simple, Stupid – your audience is only going to be able to believe you if they can understand what you are telling them. What this means for you is that if you make your speech too long or if you try to pack too much information into it, then they are not going to be able to absorb what you are trying to tell them. Instead, keep it short and limit your information content.
  • Listen To Your Audience: Even as you deliver your speech, your audience is going to be talking to you. Are you going to be listening to them? What you need to be looking for is signs, both verbal and visual, that your audience is agreeing with what you are telling them. If they are, then they are believing what you are telling them.
  • Always Follow Up: During almost all of our presentations, we make promises to our audiences. A key part of getting our audience to believe us has to do with following up on our promises. If we do what we said that we were going to do, then all of a sudden we become that much more believable.

What All Of This Means For You

It’s not easy giving a speech. As long as we’re going to go to the effort to create, practice, and then deliver a speech we sure would like to think that we’re going to make an impact on our audience by sharing the benefits of public speaking. In order for this to happen, we’re going to have to make sure that they believe us. Making that happen is the difficult part.

If you are going to be believed, then you are going to have to know what the objective of the speech that you’re giving is. Your audience can only handle so much new information and so you need to be careful to not overload them. As you give your speech, it’s going to be up to you to get affirmations from your audience so that you know that they are believing what you are telling them. As you give your speech, take the time to listen to what your audience is trying to tell you because this will make you more believable. If you make promises to your audience during your speech, make sure that you follow up on them.

The good news is that you can make your audience believe what you are telling them. This does not happen automatically, instead you are going to have to work at it. However, the benefits of having an audience believe what you tell them can be very, very powerful.

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: What’s the best way to determine if your audience is believing what you are telling them?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

So just exactly what happens to your heart when you get asked to give a speech? Does it drop down into your shoes? It might not be the actual process of delivering the speech that gets you or your understanding of the importance of public speaking, but rather the idea that you are going to actually have to prepare a speech to give that can take your breath away. This can be a big task. The secret to making it a doable task is to understand just exactly what you are going to have to do to get from here to there.

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