The past couple of years I have done a lot of public speaking. Last year I gave 108 talks and the year before gave 118.
Most of these were shorter talks from five to ten minutes, but they were talks where I needed to prepare a message and deliver it to an audience. Some of my audiences were as large as 120 people while others were as small as four people.
Along the way I’ve learned some key facts about communication that I’ve had to implement. And you, as my Learning Leadership readers get to read it first before anyone else.
1) Prepare Yourself
I never go to a talk that I haven’t prepared myself for. I need to make sure I’ve slept enough the night before, that I’m well groomed, and I have my outlined prepared.