How to Use Notes During a Speech

Imagine you have a big presentation next week and you’re unsure what to bring with you on stage. You know your subject matter but are afraid of losing your place halfway through the speech. At the same time, you don’t want to write the speech out and memorize it...

How to Write a Speech in 30 Minutes

One of the biggest obstacles to writing a speech is time. Again and again, clients will tell me, “I simply don’t have the time to prepare. From the moment I get into the office, I have back-to-back calls all day. How do I find the time?” There is no alternative...

How to Write a Powerful Opening

Last month’s newsletter focused on how to write a powerful closing. One question you may have asked yourself when reading it was, “How do I write a powerful opening?” The first and last sentences are the most important sentences in your speech. The first...

Who is Your Audience?

Public speaking is very similar to negotiation in that most of the work happens before you get to the table (see my favorite book on the subject, 3-D Negotiation). In negotiation, it’s about researching your counterparts and their interests, creating coalitions around...