Great speeches boil down to being prepared. The song “Be Prepared” from the Lion King usually comes to mind when I say that. It is true, being prepared is the most important part about pulling off a great speech. During the course of preparation, starting with a strong strategy is crucial. Consider all of the conditions and possibilities, now what possibilities do you want to utilize? Go through all of the steps for writing and re-writing your speech. Make sure that you feel comfortable and look the part.
Being prepared is one of the major players in helping to calm the nerves. If you prepare well in advance and practice multiple times, you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to say next and your presentation will flow without trying too hard. Wing it and your presentation will likely be choppy as you are attempting to recall information and put it together.