Preparing a Speech or Presentation
Speaking or giving a presentation in front of an audience can be pretty daunting. Being well prepared will help you manage your nerves and ensure you’re delivering the right message in the right way.
With years of experience in helping people fine tune their speech-making skills, I’ve developed tips, tricks and techniques to help you overcome your fears. These proven methods will soon have your audience hanging on your every word…
Preparation – the basics
For anything to be a real success, preparation is key – so firstly, let’s take a quick look at some basic preparation tips that will help you to craft your speech and ensure an effective delivery:
Selecting your topic
Two of the most common questions I hear from people I help are:
What subjects can I talk about in my speech?
How do I choose what I’m going to say?
There are two key places you can find material: personal experience or through reference material.
From a business owner point of view you should be passionate about what you do – use that passion. You’ll deliver your speech with more conviction and enthusiasm if you feel more connected to it – helping your audience to respond more positively.
Use stories to make your point for example you can draw on your interests: Sports, Hobbies, Travel, Entertainment.
Or your career: Business processes, Ethics, Investments, Retirement
If you choose to use references from elsewhere, you have an unlimited number of ideas at your fingertips from the internet, or you can visit your local public library.
You’ll discover a great deal of inspiration from websites, Media sites, University research, Medical sites
Books: Reviews of various genres, Possible re-writes, Analysis, Theory
Magazines: Economic trends, Human-interest stories, Scientific discoveries, Entertainment
As you can see there is a wide range of sources that you can get speech material from. Just be careful that you’re not infringing on anybody’s copyright.
Now you’ve got some ideas for finding inspiration for your speech subject and getting yourself well prepared for delivering your speech, in the next instalment, we’ll delve a little deeper into organising and opening your presentation. Better still why not give me a call and see how I can help you with your presentation.
Phil Heath DTM
0791 700 4464