INQUIRE about background of audience, purpose of meeting
and speeches which will be delivered before yours.
RESEARCH and collect data, exact figures, latest developments,
interesting little known facts, expert opinions, any other relevant information
which would humor, fascinate or surprise the audience.
BRAINSTORM carry a rough paper or spiral book with
you all the time. Let your mind play freely, lazily, on all facets of
the subject. Whenever and whatever flashes of ideas, phrases, thoughts
and interesting remarks, come to your mind, immediately jot down. Do not
select or reject any idea at this stage. Keep playing more on them, wildly,
like a child. Give free hand to your creativity.
SIT down with your DATA & SCRAPS, organize them
into few major points and discard all the rest unnecessary data .
WRITE a systematic sequential essay ie. The Body of your
EDIT it for contents, ruthlessly.
AUDIO-EDIT. Read the write up aloud, and hear it as
the audience will.
Replace difficult to ears words & phrases with simpler, sweeter ones.
Speech is not an Essay, which can be read again to understand .
THINK of an attention catching, sparkling, luring line
of OPENING, and momentous, impact-making, memorable PUNCH-LINE for CLOSING.
SPEAK the complete speech once. Polish Opening & Punch-line.
MAKE a small CUE CARD of Crucial Data etc. and Tear
off the essay.
REHEARSE once with CUE CARD; check your timing & smooth
FORGET it, your preparation is over. Keep Polishing your
REMEMBER to take your Cue card with you on the speech day.