How to Prepare for a Live Speaking Engagement

preparation speaking Mar 28, 2023

At the time I'm writing this blog, it has been a little over 3 years since the world shut down because of Covid-19. And while people are taking precautions, things have seemed to open up quite a bit, if not fully. In-person events seem to be back in the mix. In fact, I have held a few small community events and I am preparing to host a large women's conference in my community this Fall.

As I think about these events and future events, I know there will be more and more opportunities to speak in-person. Today, I am going to share with you how to prepare for these speaking engagements. These principles can also be applied to virtual events, but I do want to highlight the in-person opportunities.

Whether you are used to speaking at events or you desire to speak at events, my prayer is that after reading this today, you will be inspired to step out on that stage with confidence. I know that sometimes preparing for a speaking engagement can make people nervous, but it can also be exciting. Whether you are speaking in front of a large audience or a small group, I believe the following tips can help you prepare and deliver a message that is engaging and effective.

Tip #1 - Know your audience: Before you begin preparing your presentation, it is good to understand your audience. Who are they? What are their interests and concerns? This will help you create your presentation in a way that speaks to their needs and expectations.

Tip #2 - Define your message: What is the main point you want to present? What are the key takeaways you want your audience to remember? Be clear and concise in your message. This will help your message connect with your audience.

Tip #3 - Plan your structure: Break down your presentation into clear sections. Have a clear introduction, main points, and conclusion. This will help you organize your thoughts and keep your presentation on track.

Tip #4 - Use visuals when possible: Using visual aids, such as slides, can help reinforce your message and make your presentation more engaging. Use high-quality images and keep text to a minimum. Make sure your visuals are easy to read and understand.

Tip #5 - Practice your presentation: Practicing your presentation can help you identify areas that need improvement and build your confidence. Practice in front of a mirror, record yourself, or rehearse in front of a friend or family member.

Tip #6 - Be prepared for questions: Anticipate questions that your audience may have and prepare answers. This will help you feel more confident and in control during Q&A.

Following these tips can help you prepare and deliver an engaging and effective message. Be yourself and have fun! At the end of the day, remember that you are made for this. There are people you are called to reach and that are assigned to your voice. I want you to know that you got this! 

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