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Make Your Next Speech Without Any Notes - and Make an Unforgettable Connection With Your Audience

teacher avatar Frank McKinley, Passionate about public speaking and writing.

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4 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Have One Main Idea to Guide You

    • 2. The Secret to Preparing Your Next Speech Without Notes

    • 3. Make an Unforgettable Connection With Your Audience

    • 4. An Example Speech

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If the thought of giving a speech terrifies you, relax. It used to scare me to death, too.

Have you ever seen someone give a speech that made a great connection with an audience? It was electrifying, wasn't it? What if I told you that with a little bit of effort, you could do the same thing - without using notes! No longer will you have to worry about forgetting what it was that you wanted to say. You'll have a plan that you can develop quickly, with a minimum of effort, and that will allow you the flexibility to connect with your audience in ways that relying on notes will never allow.

Are you ready to take your presentations skills to new heights? Would you like to learn skills that will allow you to prepare a great speech in as little as 20 minutes? If this sounds like something you want, enroll now and tomorrow you'll be able to give an unforgettable speech - without using notes!

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Frank McKinley

Passionate about public speaking and writing.


I used to believe a lie.

Public speaking terrified me. I thought that you had to born with some special talent to give great speeches. I thought my audience would be bored to tears, laugh at me, or run me out of town because I didn't have this gift. I was like the guy at the funeral who'd rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.

Then one day, everything changed. 

I was studying photography at a small school in the picturesque North Georgia mountains. If I wanted to graduate, I'd have to complete a career development class. One of my first assignements was to read the self-image segment of Zig Ziglar's bestselling book See You at the Top. Since I wanted to pass the class, I sat down and opened the book.

Nothing could have prepared me for what happe... See full profile

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1. Have One Main Idea to Guide You: What if there was one single thing you could do that would make your speech unforgettable? Chances are, you've center, a boring speech. Maybe you've even dozed off during one. Do you remember anything the speaker said? Or were you planning the rest of your days Activities? What was it that made that speech drone all? Did the speaker's voice sound about as melodious as a box fan? Was it jammed with as much information as a set of encyclopedias? Did you feel like a prisoner serving a life sentence with an insurance salesman? It's her cell mate. Why do people give speeches like that? There are three reasons. First, you don't want to leave out anything that might be important. So you include everything. Second, you want to impress the audience with how smart you are, so you dazzle them with a dizzying array of facts. Third, you really don't know what to say. So you just keep talking until something comes to mind. Would you like to have a secret weapon to virtually eliminate any of these things from happening? What if you could make a shorter speech with a greater impact? One. If you could build credibility without reciting a laundry list of studies, statistics and surveys. And one of this speech you give would leave your audience talking about it for hours, even days after you give it. Are you ready for the secret here it ISS. It might be so simple that you be tempted to discount it. Don't. If you want your next speech toe pack a punch, have one main idea. You should be able to stated in just one sentence any longer than that, in your risk covering too much. Let's face it. Most speeches shouldn't be longer than 15 to 20 minutes, and if you can do it and even less time, that's even better. Here's what having one main idea will do for you. You'll be more focused because you won't be going down endless rabbit trails. Your one sentence will tell you what to include and what to leave out. And with your one sentence, you'll be able to connect your topic with someone in the audience. Maybe you can tie it in with the news. Or maybe there's a local connection you can make whatever the case, having one idea gives you ultimate flexibility. Having one main idea helps you emotionally and mentally to you won't have to worry so much about forgetting what you're going to say. Your one idea will hold your information together like glue. You won't be so stressed because it won't take you so long to prepare, and you won't waste so much time chasing down useless information with a clearer head. You'll b'more enthusiastic You'll have energy you can use to entertain your audience. While you informed your friends and associates will probably think you're smarter and they'll have so much fun, they'll eagerly anticipating the next time you get to speak. Sounds easy, right? Think about your next speech. What will your big idea be? How will it make an impact that goes beyond your presentation? Volunteer today to give a speech. If you can't do it at work and join your local Toastmasters club sooner you start, the sooner you'll raise your speaking impact 2. The Secret to Preparing Your Next Speech Without Notes: Now let's talk about how you're going to put together your next speech that you'll give without notes. First, you probably heard that you should outline your speech, and that's a good idea. You need to have some structure so that you know what you're going to say, but there are a few problems with doing an outline. First, it's hard to start. Have you ever looked at a blank piece of paper, written the number one and just waited for your brain to give you something to put in that space? It could be pretty frustrating because what if it's not in the right order? Well, when you're doing outline, you sort of feel shackled by the order, even though theoretically, you could write 12345 and just fill them in and whatever order you please. But because you feel shackled by order, you just sit there and you feel stifled. That is, your creativity just is get it's locked up. I have a better solution. Why don't you mind? Map your speech. One. It's faster than outlining because you're not restricted with a certain order. So therefore, use foster creativity when you mind map and The way you do that is you don't censor yourself. You just write down whatever comes to mind. Whether it's good, whether it's bad, it doesn't really matter. Just write it down and it might be applicable to your main idea. And the beauty of it is, it frees you to change things. If you don't like in the end what you've written down on the paper, you don't have to use it. But at least you've got a lot of stuff that you can use and pare down to deliver your main idea with some focus and some intensity. So how do you mind map anyway? Well, first, it's good to start with your main idea. Remember, your main idea is what you really want to communicate in one sentence. Well, if you want to do a mind map for your speech, you'll start in the middle with your main idea, and then you'll add supportive information like maybe individual words. No, sir, what the purists say you should put in your mind map single words, And if you think of another word, just branch it off to the next bubble and join it with the line. You can also put phrases in there if you like. If that's more helpful or if you're really daring, you could put a whole idea. But again try to keep it down to a sentence so that the bubble doesn't get so big. It's hard to read, and if you're really creative, you can even add a picture to your mind map or several pictures. It doesn't matter. This out lining mind mapping process is all yours. You can do whatever you need to to help you remember and deliver your main idea with power Here. Cem Handy tips to mind Map well, and to get the fast advantage out of it first, set a timer senate for five, maybe 10 minutes. And while the timer is ticking away, just let your ideas flow again. Don't censor yourself. Just write down everything and trying to relate it to your main idea so that later when you clean up, you won't have so much to clean up. You'll really be surprised if you use this method, how much you can come up with quickly and how much useful stuff you will have that you wouldn't if you just said and stared at the paper and tried to come up with a strict outline. Now let's take a look at a mind map in action. As you can see, you start off with your main idea. Then you add supporting information like words or phrases, and it's you can also see in this program. You can move them up or down or around. Or if you decide you wanna add another idea to the mix and start a new tree, you can or you might decide. You know, I don't really don't want it over there. I'll just put it with this part. Well, you're also free to change your mind, and that's the beauty of mind mapping. Now you've got a solid foundation to make your next great speech without notes. 3. Make an Unforgettable Connection With Your Audience: Now let's talk about how you can make an unforgettable connection with your audience. How do you do that? Well, you do it with stories. Stories are easy to remember. Stories are great because they have personal application, and that's really important. If you want somebody to connect with what you're talking about, there's got to be something in it for them. Stories are great, first of all, because we can picture ourselves in the story. If it's told well, there's always a setting. You're in a certain town. Maybe you're sitting on a sofa or a love seat, or maybe you're in a coffee shop. But you're always somewhere doing something. A good story has interaction with other characters. Some of them will be challenging. Some will be loving and supportive. But anything that introduces conflict into the story which is necessary to make it interesting is always a plus. And sometimes a story can affect us emotionally. And when that happens, we really internalize what's being said. And again, conflict is important. There's always got to be a struggle for the hero to overcome. Otherwise, this story is kind of boring, and that's the last thing we want to do when we're trying to make a unforgettable connection with an audience. The second great thing about stories is they provide an escape from our everyday lives. Isn't it great when you're at work all day long, doing the same thing you do day after day after day and you get a break to hear a story? It's really welcome. It's sort of like getting a glass of cold water on a really hot day. Sometimes a story can provide a solution to a problem you've been having, and when that happens, you really feel good about this story. And when that happens, also, it'll help us see what we can do in the future. That's better than what we're doing now. Maybe it inspires us to do more than we even imagined we could do. Third stories allow us to interpret the things we hear facts concepts makes them real, fleshes them out. In other words, stories influence our perception of the world around us. That's powerful, so use that power wisely. It also can give us a look at how something will unfold as time goes by and as we interact with people. And that's important one Another great thing that stories do is they can make your data and statistics, which could be dull in themselves, come to life. It really gives them a context they don't have. When they're just, I merely stated. And again, this will help you when you give your speech without notes. It's always a lot easier to remember story than the list effects. I'm not saying you shouldn't use facts, but if you're going to use them in terms of people personal application instead of saying 80% of the participants in this experiment did this say, eight and 10 people believe that this method is more effective than the one they were using . And that will make your statistics and facts easier to remember, not only for you before your audience. So tell stories and ramp all your supporting information into those stories and you'll make an impact, an unforgettable impression that will be hard to beat. 4. An Example Speech: have you ever wanted something so bad that you couldn't imagine living without it? Then you find that you do almost anything to get that thing you wanted so much. I felt that way back in 1989. I met her at a party at a friend's house. Immediately. I knew I wanted to know her better. A lot better. The problem is, my roommate got to her first. I didn't let that stop me. No. What is it that you want most? You want to lose weight so you can look good in your swimsuit? Do you want to get out of debt so you can start saving money for a better future? Or do you want to learn guitar after putting it off for so many years? Whatever it is that you want, it all starts with desire. Well, you desire fills your thoughts all day long. What you desire, captures and holds your imagination, especially in those moments when no one else is competing for and what you desire sets your schedule day in and day out. How hard you work when you're doing something you really want to do. When I wanted to get to know this dream girl more. I spent a lot of time thinking about her. I talked to her every chance I got, and when she needed a friend, I made sure that I was there to be that frame. When you have desire, you'll have the second thing you need to succeed. The drive to push through setbacks I wanted to ask, missing out, but my roommate did it first. While that was discouraging, I didn't let it dash my hopes. He told me a few times that while he liked her, he didn't really see himself marrying her. I did, so I chose to bide my time until he broke up with her setbacks. We're going to come. Obstacles will get in your path. Sometimes you'll wonder whether all your efforts are worth it. But then all of a sudden, the door can swing wide open. If you follow your desire, you'll be there when it does. I waited almost six months before I heard Missy say Yes, I'm go out with you. That's because I had the third thing I needed to make my dreams come true. The leaf. I had a clear mental picture of what was possible. In fact, it was so clear I could hardly believe it hadn't Haven't already everything pointed toward that conclusion. I knew that my roommate would stop dating her at some point. Missy and I had friendly conversations even while she was dating him. She was everything I wanted in a woman, and I just couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without her. Nobody else with the bill. So I pushed through the challenges. I didn't give up after the first. No, I always kept the lines of communication open and alive. You have something you need to do, and you really need to succeed at it. You'll do everything you can to make it happen without desire. The first tough setback might just knock you off track forever. You have the ability to drive hard toward anything you have. Resource is available inside you that, if used, will amaze you. And if you attach them to a healthy want, you can push through the tough its challenges and come out like a champ. I persevered after what I wanted This year, Missy and I will celebrate 26 years together. I believe that not one iota of the effort I spent to get her was wasted. I want to have success. You pave the way when you want it as much as you want your next breath. Now go out there and make your mark.