Do: Talk with Lots of People — Bounce your topic off of a trusted group of people.In addition to generating ideas, talking with others can also act as an early alert system. I also found it helpful to talk about my speech outloud to myself.
I felt that pressure for three months, starting from the day of my high school principal’s invitation.
He gave me little direction, all I had was a date, time, and dress code.
Whenever an idea came to mind or someone offered advice, in the notebook it went.
This tactic was helpful throughout the process, from the early days through rehearsals with friends.
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"You don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar (submitted by Swapna) "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation." - Robert F. Always has been, always will be." - Grandma Moses "Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
I made this mistake, focusing way too much on prose and polish when I didn’t even have an outline.
Use pen and paper to jot your thoughts and ideas down. Do: Make it Actionable — The most influential piece of advice I received was from a friend while chatting about my concept over dinner.
Do: Take Lots of Notes — Early on, I purchased a small notebook that I could carry at all times.
I had a strict rule: nothing in the notebook unless it was speech-related.