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Getting structured is all well and good, but I don’t mean to encourage you to engage in over preparing – this can lead to your content seeming rehearsed (which usually looks like bad acting), or leaving you completely stuck on the train tracks.
If this happens, it’s difficult to adapt when something changes from the plan.
True balance in your content is like you were a wrestler, standing with his knees slightly bent, ready for action.
Any more structure than this can hinder you and isn’t really needed.
When speakers over prepare it’s usually because they’re ‘scared of doing it wrong’ or trying to be 'perfect'. The surest way of making yourself feel wrong is to prepare a word-perfect speech; then anything you miss out or do differently feels like a mistake.
Perfectionism goes a little something like this:
Okay there... hold on a minute. There a few problems with this very common thought pattern…
In reality there are countless powerful ways to deliver a compelling message, over preparing is NOT one of them.
Public speaking is not a science – the words that work for one audience might not be so powerful for the next. So take everything you know about your audience, take your structure and speak to them passionately and from the heart. That’s where inspirational public speaking comes from.
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