When you're planning a public speech, you have your notes, slides and script in the hopes that everything will go right. It won't. Something is going to go wrong and if you expect it, you'll handle it better. Photo by Brisbane City Council.
As business site Entrepreneur explains, speaking in public puts pressure on you to get things right. No one wants to make a mistake in front of a large audience. However, most audiences are a little more forgiving than you might expect. If you make a mistake and roll with it, most people won't think anything of it. It may even be more endearing that you handle a mistake well.
Remember, a great speaker isn't perfect by any means, but they are passionate about their messages and are able to convey that passion to their audiences.
Don't worry about being the best speaker of the night. Instead, focus on your enthusiasm and your drive. Think on the purpose behind your speech. Channel some of that into your message, and you'll give a powerful talk.
If you have a particularly tough part of your speech, maybe come prepared with a joke in case it fails. Practise responding in the moment to deal with unpredictable mistakes. If all else fails, simply move on from the mistake and keep your energy up, rather than letting a flub ruin your flow.
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