When I first started speaking, my biggest challenge was the speech itself. I knew I had something to say, but I didn’t know how to coax it out. I was looking for a
magic formula: three steps and done. While it might not be a magic
formula, here are the three steps that worked for me. Try it and see.
First, get the words out of your head and onto paper. It may sound
old-school, but to be able to give a great speech, you need to be able
to write a great speech. Here are a few tips to help the writing process:
FIND THE HOOK. Once you decide on a subject, dig deep to uncover
your unique perspective. What makes it valuable? What do audiences
need to hear specifically from you on your topic?
GO BIT BY BIT. Think of your presentation as a series of smaller
pieces—like the “bits” of a stand-up comedian. As you build your
talk, work in these bits of content, which might include ideas,
facts, statistics, stories, strategies, video, or interactive activities
to engage your audience.
CRAF T THE MESSAGE AND S TICK TO IT. As you organize your bits,
keep to a specific, consistent message that drives the tone of your
Tips to help you prepare,
practice, and present
3 STEPS TO GET
A SPEECH ON ITS FEET