You speak with confidence, you are organized and ready to conquer the world.
Or are you?
My persuasion is that you could have all the best techniques in the world, and still be more scared of standing up to deliver a speech than going hang gliding blindfolded. This is what day 3 is all about. It is about the tricks. The secrets that nobody ever really tells you. Thankfully, I am not interested in going to the grave while hoarding the best speaking methods. Below is what will help your speech go from a single to a Grand Slam.
Grand Slam secret #1: It's what you say AND how you say It!
Grand Slam secret #2: Getting Physical!
I hope you have picked up on the number of times that I brought up the term "audience" in the last 3 days. Never, ever forget the fact that your speech is being evaluated by the group of people that you will be addressing. This means putting yourself in their seat so to consider their perspective. You have to really contemplate things like:
Q: What do I look like? Do I need to shave? What will I be wearing? What will they be wearing? Where will I be standing? What do I need to successfully deliver my talk? Are there obstacles between myself and the congregation? Am I smiling or frowning? What is my body language expressing? Etc.
My rule of thumb for any speaking occasion is (1) dress 1 level above the group that I will be addressing and (2) arrive early. This allows me to look over the room, remove anything undesirable, and practice.
Grand Slam secret #3: Practice!
As mentioned above, I always get to the physical location beforehand so to go over my presentation. To this day, you can find me up front at Northminster going over my sermon. In fact, there have been times that congregants have waltzed by staring at me and then glancing into the pews only to see NOBODY there. This allows me to get a "feel" for my sermon and it will most definitely do the same for you. All those techniques mentioned above in number one will start coming alive during your practice run. Finally, nothing, and I mean nothing helps cool your jets like being at the place that you will eventually deliver your speech.
Grand Slam secret #4: Elegant Visuals!
The general rule here is less is more. There are a variety of methods that I really love, however, I find myself utilizing one in particular every time I preach. Storyboarding. This approach is really easy and extremely effective when communicating. The basic idea is that when you are completely finished with your speech, you find images that fit with your main points. Each image should fill the entire screen and be simple. For instance, a few months ago I preached a sermon on justice and during my point that "justice should be blind" I had behind me Lady Justice. It was an effective way to connect with my visually included audience as well as the auditory learners.
NOTE: Since we just talked about visuals, then by default we just talked about technology. Plainly put, technology can be your best friend or despised enemy. Do everything you can in your power to ensure that the tec stuff goes well. I advise getting to the place early and running through not only your speech, but also the audio and visual.
Grand Slam secret #5: A Blazing Heart!
There you have it.
If you would like to inquire more about speeking effectively feel free to call me.