If you’re writing a speech to be delivered ‘sans slides’ (as I’m currently doing for a client – thanks TED Talks for striking fear into everyone who’s not a professional speaker) I find the following works:
1. Create some stepping stones (it could be a classic ‘start middle, end’ of a story or a five point process).
2. Find a visual for each one and put it in a PowerPoint (even if you’re not allowed to use one, it works as a visual aid when writing).
3. Write the whole lot out verbatim.
4. Read it aloud all the way through and time how long it takes.
5. Compare how long it’s taken with the time you have allotted. Try not to panic 😀
6. Step back and view your stepping stones objectively – could they work in a better order? Is there another theme that’s coming through that’s stronger than your initial idea?
7. Repeat steps 3 & 4
8. And again. And again for good measure.
9. Start chopping out the bits that you don’t need written down – part of the rehearsal process is establishing the points you know off-pat so any speaker notes you need will be prompts – not a script.
10. Keep the rehearsal process going – use time in the car / when the house is quiet. And finally….try to relax!
Want a hand writing a speech? I’ve written them for fathers of the bride, sales directors, marketing VPs and even a best man! As a writer I’ll help you capture and project your voice in a way that makes you look great and feel comfortable – whether you’re delivering a TED Talk-style speech, a corporate presentation or something for friends and family.
And if you want to check out my delivery style, hop over to my YouTube channel. *Warning – the language in some of my pieces is a little bit fruity!*