When President Woodrow Wilson was congratulated on introducing the vogue of short speeches and asked how long it took him to write them, he said:
“It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes,
I need a week for preparation;
if fifteen minutes, three days;
if half an hour, two days;
if an hour, I am ready now.”
Who's ready to jump into Chapter 4 of the SPEAK With Confidence podcast series?! Did you already finish Chapter 1: Brainstorming Like a Boss, Chapter 2: Just Be Yourself (but better), Chapter 3: Organize Your Talk (for maximum impact)? (Go listen if you haven't before you jump in here.)
For week 4, it’s all about outlining and writing your talk.
CRAFT YOUR TALK: Outline & write your talk
THIS EPISODE SIMPLIFIED: Before you can write your talk, give yourself an outline. My outline method isn’t meant to be super specific or word-for-word your talk, but it’ll give you a general outline for where things will be. Then we’ll use the outline to write your talk.
Let’s jump into Chapter 4: Getting It Together (just don’t get too attached). Now that you have your IP all in one place, know your brand, and understand The DISH Method inside & out, we’re going to organize it all in an outline. This outline will help you memorize your talk and will give you a way to see all the parts of your talk, make sure they fit and allow you to move things around before you write it all down.
You can grab the outline template here and use it to write a kickass talk.
Then you’re going to write out your whole talk. Yes, word for word. But don’t get too attached! You won’t be memorizing your talk word for word – or you'll sound like a robot. If you try to, I’ll tear it up for you – seriously.
Listen to the podcast here:
Check out Julie Lopez and David Rendall’s talk below for great examples on how to help your audience remember your message:
SPEAK With Confidence: Stop wishing you were on that stage & write the dang talk: ispeakwithconfidence.com I'll even send you the fancy-schmancy workbook you're hearing about.
SPEAK With Confidence CLUSTER: Listen to this Cluster of Awesomeness here.