The first time I had to prepare a speech, I did not know where to start. I had a lot of ideas, but I could not put them together into a meaningful form. It took me days to compose my speech and I had to revise it many times until I was satisfied.
Over the years, I came up with a format that allowed me to prepare my speech in a shorter period of time. Over the years, I tweaked it many times until I came up with this final form.
Below is the template I use for preparing a speech.
- Start with a theme
- What’s the message or story that you want to share?
- Start with a brain dump of ideas.
- Write down as many ideas as possible.
- Avoid organizing your ideas
- Group ideas into categories
- Use fishbone diagram to identify linkage
- Process of association
- Find a common thread
- Pick categories that resonate with the theme
- Sort categories in sequence
- Start putting things together
- Expand each of the sections
- Organize and review
- Start rehearsing your presentation
- Practice….practice… practice
- Stay in the moment
- Time to deliver and make it happen
I used this to coach my mentee. This template has been very useful. Try using it and let me know.