1. Know your audience
Who are the people you are serving? What are they excited about now? What are their challenges? What are their ages? Is there anything I should not say?
You want empathy, not mimicry. Empathize not mimic who they are.
Practice your anxiety until it's manageable. The only way to not be afraid of speaking is to speak.
Take notes on who the audience really is.
2. Play to your strengths
Write it all out - Write out a long speech, word dump
Write quickly so the fear doesn't catch up quickly.
Don't go to the internet for info - it will break your writing streak.
There is no bad idea.
Never edit before it hits the paper.
Look for your outline in your word dump.
63% more successful if you cut your goals in half.
The average slide had 40 words. You need tweetable lines for slides
Be as funny as you are in a dinner conversation. Nothing kills a speech like dishonesty.
People react to authenticity and vulnerability.
Leaders have a hard time saying - I was wrong, I don't know and I'm sorry.
Give your audience the gift of going second.
Use humor to relieve tension. Go up and down to keep people engaged.
Hire a designer if you can for your slides.
Write the ending as hard as you write the beginning.
3. Read the room
The best moments are the ones that happen for the first time for the speaker and the audience.
Create an inside joke - that's called a callback.
4. practice, practice, practice
Practice with a timer and take notes.
Ask everyone involved how much time you have
5. Enjoy it or they won't.
Book recommendation - Speak like Churchill, Stand like Lincoln
Speak in satire not mockery. Mockery has a victim. Mockery makes you lose the ability to speak in love later.