Preparing to speak for a Toastmasters contest led me to create this post. I’m going to take the easy way out by re-using a speech I so enjoyed delivering at another contest in the past. Details on the origin of that speech demand another post.
If you have a fear of public speaking (glossophobia), you may want to come to hear me speak. I’ll put a bit of it here in this post, but there’s nothing like the energy in a room full of Toastmasters!
The title of my speech is, “Love Over Fear” and is all about how to get over the anxiety you may have about speaking to a live audience. Yes, you already know what I’m going to say. Love your audience and you will be fearless.
My three main points (which is a great way to write a speech) are these:
- Your fear is unfounded. If you’ve ever had to speak, assess the damage. Very likely, there was none.
- Deliver your speech with love. Be a gift-giver and make your audience happy. Tell them what to do (your call to action.)
- Be real, be genuine, be human and enjoy the love! The energy you put into your delivery will be reflected to you, so the more positivity you send the more it comes back to you. Who doesn’t want that?