Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

public speaking

Public SpeakingFirst, it’s important that you identify your audience and the purpose of your speech.

Begin with a hook like a startling statistic or story. Make sure you cover the basic: who, what, where, why, when, how of your project and end with an “ask” of how your audience can help. You want your speech to transition smoothly between topics and have overall clarity. Don’t repeat the same points and be as concise as possible.

Before your presentation, practice, practice, practice! Try writing out your speech on note cards and rehearse with and without them so that eventually you will be able to share your story without prompts. Record yourself or ask a friend to watch you to see if you are accidentally distracting your audience with movements like foot tapping, swaying or pacing. Don’t rush through your speech and practice the moments in which you pause for emphasis. Stand up straight, breath, smile, and make eye contact.

MA To keep your audience’s attention, be engaging and conversational. Share startling statistics and comparisons. To make your audience care about your topic, share your personal stories, and passion. Try to include the five senses in your experiences: taste, hearing, smell, touch and sight. Don’t be afraid to open up and speak about your successes and struggles, this will make you relateable and authentic.

IME Check out Rhiannon’s and my TEDxRedmond speech for a public speaking example.