The more comfortable you are with your speech, the more confident and relaxed you'll be when you deliver it. It pays to practice - out loud. Here are some methods you can use:
- Write out your speech.
- Audiotape and listen to your speech while you're in your car.
- Create a pictorial map of key thought chunks and use it to rehearse.
- Give your talk while walking through your house and change rooms with each new section of the talk. This is what the Romans did - some of the expressions we use today come from that tradition: "In the first place...in the second place..."
- Tell jokes, stories and examples from your speech to friends and associates before your talk.