Practicing a humorous speech

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Ok, so now all that’s left is to practice my chosen humorous speech.

I’m going to try and practice it out loud twice daily and then hundreds of times in between in my head.

I usually find that I know I have a strong opening if it is constantly rattling around in my head so much that it becomes automatic. If I’m nervous, I want to be able to deliver my first few lines perfectly whilst still in autopilot, so this is no bad thing.

If I get through those first few lines and they go well, then I will have nothing to fear going forward and my confidence will build throughout the speech, if it’s not there already.

I’m also imagining myself delivering a successful speech, the buzz I will feel afterwards and the people that I will make smile. Let’s hope it is less of a dream this time next week and more of a premonition!

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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