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Do I really know how to write a speech? No.  But I am doing it.

It has been 8 years since I have talked about anything other than general conversation in front of a group larger than a handful of people.

I met a local woman recently when she stopped at my house to promote her new business.  We ended up hitting it off.  Before we ended our hour-long conversation she asked if I would be interested in doing a couple of local speaking engagements.  Gulp.  I said yes.

As she walked away, she said, very nonchalantly, “Oh…I want you to talk about your entrepreneurship skills.” 

Are you giggling with me? I cannot say entrepreneurship, much less discuss it.

I am doing the gig today.

I have been writing.  I have been writing lists, lists of things that I need to get accomplished, like we talked about here and here.  I’ll discuss that later…I am on a study, and your comments are part of it.  The rest of the writing has been an outline of the speech.

I had no idea where to start.  But the ink flowed.  Now I feel compelled to share with you what I learned while speech writing:

  • Determine what you are going to talk about.
  • Make an initial outline.
  • Copy greater details into your 2nd outline.
  • Read the speech several times.  Then, stand up and speak it.  Practice.  Practice.  Practice.
  • Do not read to your audience, speak.
  • You can talk about yourself, your business, but keep it interesting.
  • Turn your speech into a learning situation for the audience members.  Give them something to think about, or something to learn from.
  • Do not drone on.  Throw in short sentences.  Use expression.
  • Thank the audience for their hospitality.
  • Toss in something fun.  Put something of interest in front of the audience for them to wonder about during your speech.  For example, at the conclusion, I am going to throw out a few goat and soap related questions and give soap and lotion samples for participation. 

Remember, it isn’t about making money, or any other self-gain, it is about the community knowing what you do.  Knowing that you are there.  It is what they get from you, not what you get from them!

Wish me luck.  Am I nervous?  For some reason, no. 

This is a lot different from my career when I taught the departmental technical procedures.  It is a lot different from writing manuals.  It is a lot different from attending corporate meetings. 

I have never actually done this beofre.

But I can do it, sure I can!

By the way…I need all of the prayers I can get.  Tee hee!

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