Fearless Public Speaking Lessons
Getting it right
ps1-1. Fearless public speaking
ps1-2. Remember why
ps1-3. Have something to say
ps1-4. Know your time limits
ps1-5. Research your topic
ps1-6. Write your introduction
ps1-7. The leave behind
Preparing your speech
ps2-1. Create your title
ps2-2. Start with your ending
ps2-3. Find your opening
ps2-4. Don't memorize, outline
ps2-5. Show, don't just tell
ps2-6. Hands on training
ps2-7. Speaking, not just words
Making your presentation
ps3-1. Room setup
ps3-2. Schmooze your audience
ps3-3. Get the right light
ps3-4. Silence is loud
ps3-5. Gaze not glance
ps3-6. Dress for success
This chapter focused on putting yourself in the right frame of mind for preparing and delivering a speech to an audience.
We started with some confidence-boosting tips and exercises, set up the parameters of your remarks, and outlined your goals and subject topic.
By now, you should have a better idea of what goes into preparing to give a speech to an audience—a lot more than just getting up there and talking. The proper preparation will boost your confidence as you refine your public speaking skills.
In the next chapter Preparing your speech, we go into the details of putting together a compelling address to present before a live audience.
Prepare a one to two-minute report on what you learned in this chapter and explain how you might put it to good use. Give examples.
Since we cover how to put together and deliver a speech in the next chapter, it is OK to use notes to get by.
But you should not use notes explaining a future project. For that, you must speak with confidence and persuasion.
Reading from notes means you are not speaking from the heart. Your future audiences will notice that.