Are you thinking about running for local office, but are nervous about public speaking? Changing how you prepare for the speech may ease your nerves.
- Stop trying to write the speech. Maybe you’re great at communicating with people, but you aren’t a strong writer. So don’t write it! Especially if you are a beginner. Later on, when you are getting into writing your keynote speech or your State of the Union address, okay, you’ll write it.
What I suggest is to get up and just start talking through it. Make some notes as you go along so you remember what your highlights and bullet points are. But just start speaking it. Make it feel comfortable, natural, and relaxed. (more…)