DO IT BADLY — BUT AT LEAST DO IT
This is one of my mottos that I followed recently.
I actually made a keynote speech to over 200 people on opening night for the Edmonton Toastmasters Convention. SCARY!
- I hadn't made a speech since my speech about The Joy of Not Working in Istanbul about a year and a half ago. (see My Top-10 Highlights of My Trip to Istanbul )
- I have never belonged to Toasmasters.
- I have never taken speaking training of any sort because I am not that interested in public speaking given that my international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (over 150,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages) provides me with a great income.
One more problem: The equipment was inadequate and not set up properly as I was about to make the speech.
But I delivered the speech and received a lot of great compliments.
A great help was Tim Ferriss's (one of my heros) advice on how to make a speech:
"There are always three speeches," stated Dale Carnegie, "for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave."
Following you will find 10 quotations about speeches that are great tips for enhancing and delivering your keynote speech.
Tip #1 for Making a Keynote Speech
Be sure your brain is in gear before engaging your mouth..
— Unknown wise person
Tip #2 for Making Keynote Speech
I would tell myself that I was about to address the largest mass assembly of idiots ever gathered in the history of mankind.
— Winston Churchill (when asked how he was able to make the great speeches that he made as Prime Minister of Britain)
Tip #3 for Making a KeynoteSpeech
Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything.
— Herb Gardner
Tip #4 for Making a KeynoteSpeech
Most people can tire of a lecture in ten minutes; clever people can do it in five. Sensible people never go to lectures at all.
— Stephen Leacock
Tip #5 for Making a KeynoteSpeech
Few sinners are saved after the first 20 minutes of a sermon.
— Mark Twain
Tip #6 for Presenting a Keynote Speech
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again — a tremendous whack!
— Winston Churchill (advice to a young Prince of Wales on speechmaking)
Tip #7 for Making Retirement Speeches
Most people have ears, but few have judgment; tickle those ears, and depend upon it you will catch their judgments, such as they are.
— Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)
Tip #8 for Making Keynote Speeches
The best way to sound like you know what you're talking about is to know what you're talking about.
— Unknown wise person
Tip #9 for Making Keynote Speeches
Most of the speaking industry will tell you to speak about how great you are. This is wrong! Instead, tell your story of your struggles to get where you are today because no one wants to hear how great you are.
— Brendon Burchard
Tip #10 for Making Keynote Speeches
Before I speak, I have something important to say.
— Groucho Marx
Note: Also See
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