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Presentation Skills -Deliver an Excellent Ceremonial Speech

TJ Walker, Public Speaking and Media Training Expert

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12 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Promo

      0:32
    • 2. Public Speaking Fear 7

      14:40
    • 3. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Intro

      0:52
    • 4. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Why it Matters

      1:55
    • 5. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Read Large Font

      4:52
    • 6. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech It's Not About You

      2:07
    • 7. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Don't talk about honor or nerves

      0:58
    • 8. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Volume

      1:38
    • 9. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Don't Rush

      0:53
    • 10. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech 1st Video Rehearsal

      2:05
    • 11. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Final Video Rehearsal

      4:03
    • 12. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Conclusion

      1:37

About This Class

Presentation Skills. Imagine yourself giving a ceremonial speech and you are the epitome of confidence, class and dignity. Wouldn't it be great to know that your next ceremonial speech will be delivered without a hitch?

In this How to Deliver a Ceremonial Speech course, you will learn the following:

*How to read an oath in front of people

*How to control emotions on an emotional day

*How to speak with confidence and dignity using excellent  Presentation Skills

*How to rehearse the right way for the big day

This course is delivered primarily through spoken lecture. Because the Presentation Skill you are learning is speaking related, it only makes sense that you learn through speaking.

The Presentation Skills you will learn in this class is not primarily theoretical or academic. It is a skill that requires physical habits. That is why you will be asked to take part in numerous exercises where you record yourself speaking on video, and then watching yourself. Learning presentation skills is like learning how to ride a bicycle. You simply have to do it numerous times and work past the wobbling and falling off parts until you get it right.

This Presentation Skills course contain numerous video lectures plus several bonus books for your training library.

TJ Walker has been coaching and training people on their Presentation Skills for 30 years. Now, through the power of Udemy's online platform, he is able to give you the same high quality training that he gives in person to CEOs, Fortune 500 executives, and Presidents of countries. Only you can now receive the training at a tiny fraction of the normal fee for in-person training.

How long this Presentation Skills course takes is up to you. The longest part of the course involves you speaking on video, critiquing yourself, and doing it over until you like it. But if you get to the point where you love how you look and sound when you present it will be well worth the time spent. And having this skill will save you time for all future presentations in your life.

You can begin improving your Presentation Skills right now. You may have an opportunity to speak out as soon as tomorrow, so why waste another day worried that your presentation skills are not up to high standards. Please enroll today.

What others say:

“TJ Walker's single-minded devotion to presentation has made him the #1 expert for executives seeking guidance on speaking to the public and media." Bob Bowdon, Anchor/Reporter, Bloomberg Television

“TJ Walker is the leading media trainer in the world." Stu Miller, Viacom News Producer

(TJ Walker's Media Training Worldwide) “The world's leading presentation and media training firm."Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Channel Anchor

Transcripts

1. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Promo: So how do you prepare to give a ceremonial speech? Doesn't matter if you're being sworn in as president of the local Kiwanis Club or president of the United States. There's certain moments where you have to go through a certain set of words in a ceremony away. You don't get a lot of credit for getting it right, but boil boy, do you get a lot of blame if you mess up, This course is going to teach you how to take the stress out of these situations and how to get it just right, so sign up now. 2. Public Speaking Fear 7: fear of public speaking, speaking anxiety. Let's address some of these concepts. You've probably heard the old adage that public speaking is the number one fear people have . Jerry Seinfeld makes the joke. That means the average person would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy at a funeral. I want you to take this with a grain of soul. I seriously think the average person. If you said you're on an airplane, jump out of this airplane without a parachute or give a quick toast or small speech. Most people would come over the speech. They actually were jumping out of a plane a lot more than they do giving a speech. Or if you said, jump off this cliff right now or give a toast, people would give a little speech. I do think it is a very, very common thing that happens to people that does create anxiety. Most people are never asked to jump out of a plane. People are as to give speeches, presentations at work, civic groups, and it does create anxiety. But what a challenger think I have a different view on this. I want to challenge your thinking. Imagine you're at your favorite restaurant or bar you with three close friends and you're having a heated conversation about some game all of you saw earlier that day or the day before. Are you nervous? I mean, after all, it's public. You're speaking. There's maybe 100 people in the rest. Are you nervous? Chances are now years old seat. That's completely different. I'm just talking a friend. That's not a speech. Well, hold on if you are speaking and there's more than one person in the room, especially if it's a public establishment, a restaurant that's a type of public speaking and you're completely comfortable in that situation. So when you tell me you're nervous about giving a speech or nervous about giving a public presentation, what I think you really mean is you're nervous about certain types of speeches because you fear it might be boring. You might be awful. Well, that's what you might be born. You might be awful. The solution isn't just a so I have a fear of public speaking. The solution is make sure you have a good presentation. That's really the answer. Think about it with the same was writing. If I told you right now, you have to dictate a memo. It's got to go to everyone. Your company, the chairman of the board of directors. It's got to go to the media, all the analyst, Everyone who covers your industry, every client, and you can't spell check it, edit it or review it. You have to dictate it once and have it simply go out as is. Wouldn't that make you nervous? I know would scare me. It would make me nervous. And yet, if I said you've got to send a memo out next Friday and you have a whole week, chances are you're not going to be nervous because you've got a system in place. You can write a rough draft. You can't spell check. You can hit grammar check. You can add it. It you could print it out if you still do things the old fashioned way and look at it on a piece of paper. If you're in a big company, you can send it to the legal counsel. You consider that the public relations investor relations department. If you're a one person shop, you consented to other friends, allies, family members you trust to give you a critique. So by the time you hit that send button to send that memo out next Friday, you're not nervous. You're not scared. It might not win a literary award, but you're confident that this one page memo is going to communicate what you want. It's not even possible to be nervous about them out. You might not be 100% certain if you're asking for some budget approval that you get it. But you're not worried about the actual communication of the written memo because you have a system in place that eliminates defects, eliminates airs, and you know it's going to start sentences with capital letters. And with period, you'll have good grammars. You'll have commas in the right place, so it's not even possible to be nervous there. Speaking is different because most people most the time don't do rough drafts. Now they may write and rewrite the text of their speech, but a speeches text, unless that's the only thing that you ever give out and you never stand up and speak a speeches, you literally speaking, there's no way of refining that or improving it unless you speak it out loud. Recorded as you've heard me say, Get it again, It again. You've gotta speak it out. Record it, watch it and figure out what works and what doesn't work. Now that's the beauty of fear of public speaking. Now is it's really easy to eliminate. I guarantee you, if you do this one thing, you'll never have any fear of public speaking. And that is simply practice your speech on video until you like it. Now we live in great times because everybody is surrounded by video cameras these days, every cell phone or smartphone laptops, ipads, video cameras or everyone get one of the grocery store for 12 bucks cheap webcams, so you simply have no excuse. That is your number one tool for eliminating not only fear of public speaking but nervousness. And let's be honest now everybody has some degree of anxiety that screen till you're giving a speech five times a day in front of large audiences, even people who seem completely poised and confident relaxed. If you could monitor their heart rate and adrenaline flow, you would see some spikes up when they're giving a speech. But the key is you gotta focus on your audience and knowing that you're coming across your very best part of what creates anxiety is simply not knowing how you're doing. And if you practiced on video, you're gonna know how you're doing. And that's why, again, that we're so lucky to be in this time period we're in, because throughout most of human history it wasn't possible to really get a sense of for your even someone like President Kennedy people think of as a great commanding speaker those who stood behind him when he was giving a speech. I would say, You know, you would stand behind him He would see his hands shaking, even his knees shaking. He was not known as a confident, relaxed speaker to people who know him, some of the best speakers in the world, I will tell you that at least early on in their career, they were incredibly, incredibly nervous, uncomfortable. But they overcame that. Some overcame even more. Vice President Joe Biden had a horrible stutter problem well into his twenties, only a few short years before he became elected a United States senator at the age of 29. So it's possible to overcome a lot of different difficulties simply being nervous. Simply having anxiety is a relatively easy problem to sell. Let's put things in perspective. If you sign them for this course today on how to be a world class violinist, that would be hard or how to dunk a basketball. And you're not six feet eight with a great vertical. If that would be hard, or if you want to know how to hit a hole in one of those would be really, really hard things. And if somehow there was a lot of pressure on you to hit a hole in one or to play a violin in Carnegie Hall, I could understand you being incredibly nervous and have anxiety about that. Giving a speech really isn't like that because anybody can give a speech. It's really more like cleaning your garage or cleaning your office Now. Right now, my garage is a mess. I think about it. I planet. I think, Oh, gosh, it's so hard. It's so hard. I don't want to do it Well, truth be told, it's not hard. I'm just lazy. Anyone can clean a garage. If you have use of your hands and your leg, anybody can clean a garage now getting motivated to look at every piece for the way the junk you don't need. Organize it, label it. It's hard to get motivated to do that, but anybody can have a clean garage. Anybody can have a clean office for a clean home if they decide they want to do the work. I believe it's exactly the same thing with speaking. Anyone can eliminate nervousness, can eliminate fear, can eliminate anxiety if they're willing to do the work. Now I happen to believe the main reasons people are nervous is your thinking. Uh oh, what if I look really stupid? Well, you might look stupid if your knees are knocking together and you're holding a lectern. Are your playing with a pan the whole time? You might look stupid. You might look nervous, so it's perfectly rational to have anxiety to have fear. But the solution is not to worry more. The solution is you're holding a pen, for example. In playing with it, put the pen down. The solution isn't to feel better about playing with the pan, helping nobody notices again. The solution is put the pen down. That's why I get a little frustrated with people who talk about solutions being meditation or hypnosis is or taking a beta blocker or shooting taking a shot of booze. Those things might make you feel better, but they don't get to the underlying problem. The underlying problem. Maybe that you're really not coming across your best Your speech might actually be born. They even this way if I came back and said Cash, I'm really nervous about walking through Times Square naked worried people are gonna laugh at me and I'm gonna get arrested. Would you say, Well, teach a relax. I'm sure you're not that ugly. When you're naked walking through Times Square, just visualize everybody clapping for you. Visualize everybody giving you a Goldman. Are you gonna say that? And I said, Well, nervous about it. I'm losing sleep over. What happens if I have to walk through Times Square naked? Are you gonna say we'll take a beta blocker in that way? You won't be nervous when you walk through Times Square naked. No, I think if you really wanted to help me, if you were my friend or my coach would say teaching put on some clothes. Okay, That solves all the problems. You don't have to worry about people laughing at you. Well, not much. And you don't worry about getting arrested. So deal with the underlying problem and that his wife leave is the best approach when it comes to speaking anxiety. If you go into a speech, you go into a presentation knowing Hey, I'm prepared. I have rehearsed. I've practiced. I've seen the video of myself. I know. I have great ideas. I know these ideas were going to help the people I'm speaking to. I know my examples. My case studies My stories are going to be memorable to people. So not only will they understand it, but they're gonna remember they're not gonna have toe take out a pad and pen, right? Everything that actually gonna remember it so they can take the actions that I'm recommending. If you really do that, you practiced. You prepared, You know, you're coming across the way you want. You know, you've got good ideas, you know, they're memorable ideas. Guess what? It becomes virtually impossible to be nervous when you're giving a speech. Because you know, you're coming across your best in the same way. If you worked on a memo and you've done 4th 5 drafts and you proofread and you spell checked, it becomes nervous. Teoh becomes almost impossible to get nervous about hitting sent if I said to you. So how did you meet your spouse? What do your parents do for a living? Probably be hard for you to get nervous talking about that because you've done it many times. You know what to say. You know how you want to say it. It's exactly the same thing with your presentations. You can be comfortable, confident, relaxed every time you present. If you follow these techniques, Great. Now I'm not reading a teleprompter to you. I haven't memorized speech. I'm not looking at notes over here on the wall. I'm simply talking to you. I'm not nervous that I sound stupid. Or maybe I could be better if I did this. My beady eyes wouldn't look Is, but I'm not nervous at all because I've seen myself a lot of other videos talking about the same subjects. And I know this is my message, and I know I've helped a lot of other people, So chances are I can help you, and I know that once I've got my suit and tie my hair cut and some makeup, I'm not gonna look any better than this, so there's no sense worrying about it. That way I can focus on you and not about my feelings. Here's the bottom line. If you really focus on helping your audience, if you're focused on, if you're really looking at them you're caring about, you're trying to give them new information. Helping them. It becomes almost impossible to be worried about. Four little me. If you're nervous and you're thinking about yourself what you're really sending a message, the message you're sending the audiences, that I really care about you. I care about me, me, me, me, me. This is all about me. Once you learn to focus on your audience is needs you. Don't worry about yourself. You don't have the luxury of even getting nervous. 3. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Intro: There are certain times in your life that are going to involve ceremony, whether it is you getting sworn into ah local office at school board member, whether it's being head of the p t A. Whether it is you officiating someone else's wedding or perhaps entering the U. S. Senate or the presidency, these are all marked by certain ceremonial speeches Now. It's not the time to start telling stories, being engaging all the normal things of stagecraft. It is the time to get it just right to stick to the script. Easier said than done. This course is going to teach you a step by step way of preparing. It's not going to take days and days and days, but you do want to put some preparation to this so you can get it just right. Let's hop in now 4. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Why it Matters: First of all, I want to commend you for taking the whole concept of ceremonial speech is as important. Too many people say, Well, it was just uttering a few words. It's just the procedure is just reading. No big deal and then they get up. They're nervous. They're uncomfortable. Maybe there's tears in their eyes. Maybe they forgot their glasses. They didn't make the fraught large enough. They're listening to someone. They're supposed to repeat it, but they don't quite hear it the right way, all sorts of things that can go wrong when you're giving a short ceremonial speech. Here's the thing, though for many people in the audience and these days watching on YouTube on the Internet, if you get it wrong, that could be your legacy. That could be. What people talk about is the mistake, so you don't want to get it wrong. You want to prepare. It's a different sort of preparation. It's not like preparing a 60 minute keynote speech. It doesn't involve power points, so it is deceptively simple. But I can still be easy to screw up if you trip over words. I mean, look no further than Barack Obama's inaugural address in 2012. The chief justice Roberts kind of messed it up. And believe it or not, there are even some frivolous lawsuits saying that Barack Obama wasn't legally entitled to hold the office because he got one of the words wrong. His oath of office. The Constitution does mandate that presidents take a particular oath. Now people are picking on presidents of either party all the time. That might not happen to you, but the point is, you got to take it seriously. If you don't get it just right, it can cause all sorts of headaches. And that's why it does take some preparation, some thought and some planning we're gonna hop in right now. 5. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Read Large Font: repeat after me. I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. 35 words simple and hit, as I mentioned that has been bungled by Supreme Court justices and therefore the problems repeated by the president elect. It's a simple, simple phrase. People know it's coming now, just then, I didn't screw it up. Is it because I'm smarter than the Supreme Court justice? No, it's because it's because I have perfect vision. No, I actually need glasses to read almost anything. But I got that right because I was reading a big, big, big green sheet I made the fought so large will get it's huge that I could simply glance down and get it right. So that's far away. My largest tip for you is when you have some sort of a swearing in ceremony. Some official wording type it up, blow it up and make it huge. Have it completely fill the sheet if it's a really long and by long I mean more than 35 words. If you even need two sheets of paper. You can, although ideally it fits on a single sheet of paper. That way you're not fumbling with glasses. You're not having to do all this. You could simply plants down, scoop up a few words and keep going. This keeps you on track. If someone has to repeat your words, it's going to be a lot easier for them to. And it just takes all the pressure off things. Because here's the thing about ceremonies is there's lots of emotion. You may be incredibly happy. It may be the crowning achievement of your life to be sworn in as president of the American Bar Association, for example. But when you're feeling all these emotions, that's the worst possible time to put extra pressure on your brain, to recall information and to really use that memory. So don't put that extra pressure on yourself. Don't force your brain toe work. It's a lot easier to just be there. Be happy, have good energy, relax, and if you need to just glance down at the words and even read, there's nothing wrong with that whatsoever for a ceremonial speech because people understand these aren't your words, you're supposed to follow someone else's words. Word for word. These are the words that the organization, whether it's United States government, your local civic group, your local after school special club, whatever it is, these air words that your organization has decided should be uttered for ceremonial purposes, often for symbolic purposes. That's why many people like to use very specific traditional wedding vows. It's because someone didn't just create the minister or whoever is the efficient didn't just come up with the stuff that day. You want to come up with your own vows? That's fine. That's a separate issue. That's why I recommend be lazy, cheat, have a cheat sheet. But the cheat sheet needs to be usable, and the problem most people have is if they tapout in normal thought size. You're used to holding a script like this, so when you have it on a table or you have it further away, you're simply not used to reading normal thought, and you don't really want toe be doing all that. So what happens is people are kind of squint, and that's when you get a word wrong our phrase wrong or you start the wrong sentence, and then you have to go back and then you have to repeat or correct. Don't set yourself up for failure at a nice, big, gigantic text of billboard just for you. So you don't have to memorize anything and the pressure's off. So that's my first bit of homework for you. Find some ceremonial speech you have to give whether it is the acceptance speech for the Little League coach of the year, whatever it is and type it up, printed out in very large front. Do that now, please. 6. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech It's Not About You: Ah, ceremonial speech is, by definition, a formal speech. I get a little nervous when people use the phrase formal speech in most situations, because typically, what the average speaker means is I'm giving a formal presentation is they want to have a license to do a boring data dump to tell people their board of directors about everything they've done in the last quarter. It may feel formal because you're in a stuffy boardroom and people are important that you're talking to. But if you make it formal in the sense of, I'm going to be stiff and straight and read, especially if it's for 10 15 20 minutes. That's not a formal speech. That's an awful speech. That's a boring speech because you're not saying anything that's particularly interesting and memorable, which is the goal of most presentations. Ceremonial presentations are different. You're not trying to come up with new concepts. You're not trying to dazzle people with your cleverness with your original ideas. In fact, this is a time to take the spotlight off of you and put the spotlight back on the office or the occasion. Whether it's the wedding, whether it is the funeral, it's a way of getting people to reflect on larger values, eternal values, things that are not new and things that are not associated with your ideas. You're there to simply put a spotlight on that and to help the process of a particular activity. So that's what's very different about ceremonial speeches. In some ways, it does make it easier. You don't have to go on your way to juice it up to make it more invigorating or exciting. You're not trying to put your personal stamp on the ceremonial speech as much, so please keep that in mind. This is the one time when you're giving a presentation where your personality shouldn't overwhelm your message. 7. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Don't talk about honor or nerves: when you're giving a ceremonial speech focused on the task at hand, the moment at hand. And that means it's not all about me, me, me, me, me. So the beginning of your ceremonial speech I wouldn't talk about Oh, gosh, this is such a big honor. Wow, I'm so honored. There may be a point later on when you do have free reign to speak about the event in what's going on. But for the official ceremonial part, don't talk about what an honor it is for you also don't talk about how nervous you are. Oh my gosh, I'm nervous. I hope I don't mess up the oath of office folks. It's not about you. It's about what is actually going on. The institutions involved don't make everything about you. Don't talk about how you're feeling about this ceremonial speech, this ceremonial presentation. Just deliver the presentation 8. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Volume: The good news is that when you are giving a ceremonial speech, you don't have to come up with all sorts of new ideas and clever creative stories. You don't to be funny. You don't have to walk all over the stage. In many ways, the ceremonial speech is much, much easier than many speeches. But there are still a couple of things that will really mar the presentation. For starters, being so nervous that you're so quiet, people can understand you. What did I say? They're being so nervous that you're so soft spoken people can't understand you. It's a common problem. All of a sudden you're standing in front of more people than you've ever stood in front of you. Shrink up your vocal chords. Tighten up in your whispering. If you've just been elected to the United States Senate or president or head of your local Kalanick's club, that's not the time to send a message to people that you're timid, scared, nervous, easily frightened. I'm not suggesting that your bombastic and yelling at people, but you need good volume, because what's the point of the ceremony and people gathering if they can't literally here , you so when we start to practice in a couple of lessons from now, I really want you to listen to make sure that your loud enough. It's a very common problem. And it can Marin otherwise find performance when you're giving your ceremonial speech. 9. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Don't Rush: when you're giving a ceremonial speech and you're a little bit nervous, the tendency could be to rush to speak too quickly. Could you figure, Hey, I want to get through this or if you're reading, you were going to read quickly. If you're nervous, you can lose perspective of your speed. But if you're rushing, you're gonna look scared. You're gonna look nervous. You're going to look uncomfortable, and people are going to stop focusing on the ceremony of the moment and instead start focusing on you. And as you've heard me say, the focus should be on you. Whether you're comfortable, uncomfortable, nervous, any of that. The focus should be on the ceremonial aspects of what's going on today. That's why it's critically important. You don't rush, so you'll be monitoring for that closely in a moment when we start doing our practice videos of your speech 10. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech 1st Video Rehearsal: This may seem like overkill for a brief ceremonial speech, but what I'm about to ask you to do is really the most important part of this course, and that is to practice your ceremonial speech out loud and very important hand video recorded. Just use your cell phone. You don't have to have any big fancy TV studio or expensive camera. All that matters is that you can see yourself and hear yourself. Now this is critically important. If we're going to figure out, Are we speaking too quickly, too softly? People understand this. Are we messing up certain words? Are we tripping on certain words? So you've got to practice on video. Now I know somebody's a teacher. I don't like the sound of my own voice tough. Everyone else in that audience has to hear the sound of your voice, so you might as well know exactly how you're coming across. Otherwise, that's when there's come in. If you're nervous about how you sounded, you don't know if you sound your best or you don't know if you sound stupid. Well, guess what you might if you don't actually practice on video and listen and watch and see how you're coming across, so I want you to get your script if you're following a script, if it's something brief that isn't written at work for or if you're memorizing, hard to do. But if you insist, give the speech, record it, and then I need you to grade yourself everything you like in one column everything you don't like in another com Absolutely important if you really want to be 100% confident in giving the ceremonial speech. So don't scrimp on this step and come on. It's not very long. I'm not asking you to practice. Ah, 60 minutes speech on video and then watch it and do 20 takes and spend 40 hours. That would be wildly time consuming. This isn't that time consuming. So practice your speech right now on video 11. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Final Video Rehearsal: So you practiced your speech, your ceremonial speech on video. You've recorded it. You made a list of what you like, what you don't like now. And I know this sounds like overkill, but trust me, it's important. I need you to look at your list of what you like and don't like, do the whole speech again. Video recorded again. Try to do more the stuff you like. Less of the stuff you don't like. Now, if you're doing a simple hope of office, you don't have to spend time on the content or coming up with more stories or Dale of our all that stuff. You can really just focus on the presentation skills. Is your volume good? Is your speed good? Is your posture good? All of those things are going to matter for this because you don't want to be embarrassed. You don't want people commenting on August, TJ saw your hands shaking. I was afraid you were gonna wet your So you don't want to hear any of that from people after the fact? If this is a high profile occasion, you certainly don't want reporters talking about how your voice croaked or you spoke too quickly or you seemed nervous. You want the focus to be on the solemn occasion, the ceremony of it and that you executed perfectly. So I want you to practice it. Here's the catch. I want you to practice it again on video grade yourself and keep doing it till you are 100% satisfied with how it looks. When you're watching yourself on video, maybe you have to do it two more times. Maybe has to do it 20 more times. But if it's a short if it's only 30 seconds, that's home, he told within minutes. So don't complain of counseling. Amazed people who will spend Ah, whole day shopping for a new suit shirt, shoes, dress for a special day, a special occasion and yet will spend no time actually practicing their presentation. That's what people are going to see. They probably aren't going to see your shoes, but they're going to see you speaking. So let's practice it and get it right. People kind of me all the time. They'll teach you. I'm nervous about speaking. It's gonna be a bigger audience that I've ever spoken to before. The number one way to get over nervousness is to practice on video until you can see something you like, something you're completely happy with. Because now you have a role model for how you you're going to give that ceremonial speech and the role model isn't President Reagan or President Clinton or anyone. The role model is you. Once you have that in your brain in your mind's eye, it makes the actual presenting so much easier because you've got a role model and you've got a little bit of muscle memory. You've got a habit. You've delivered it before. You know how you come across your best, and it's going to be easy to execute now. For some of you in your ceremonial speech, there's a part that's very traditional, and you have to get word for word just right. But if, for example, you're giving a wedding ceremony and you're the officiant, there may be a minute or two where you're personalizing at the preamble to the official traditional vows. Now is the time to practice that not necessarily to memorize it, but to make sure you're coming across the way you want the way you want to sound. If you're moving your hands. Whatever you're doing, I want you to be completely happy with it. The time to practice is not in front of your firsthand wedding ceremony. So the 2nd 10 wedding ceremonies air great. The time to practice is right now before the next wedding ceremony or next ceremony that you're presiding over. So let's practice right now on video. 12. How to Give a Ceremonial Speech Conclusion: I want to thank you for joining me for this course on how to give a ceremonial speech. The fact that you've gotten this far shows that you're taking this a lot more seriously than most people, and that, by itself is a good indication that you are likely to succeed. Now, if you really followed the number one principle I recommend here, which is videotape yourself giving the ceremonial speech until you're happy with it, you're gonna be in great shape. Very few people do that. I guarantee less than 1% of people do that. If you do that, you'll be in great shape beyond that. Just remember some of the basics. Have a nice cheat sheet if you need it. Don't try to memorize Don't rush. Really think about how you're standing. If it's a standing speech, think about your speed and your volume and try tohave some fun with it. This is probably a day of celebration. There are exceptions. Funerals, obviously. But if it is a day of celebration, let that smile come across your face when you're speaking, let that joy come across when you're being. If it's a certain honor, if you're being sworn into a major office. Let the honor exude and just come out of your pores and let it come out of your voice. Do that, and you will be in great shape for your ceremonial presentation and all the other presentations you given life. Thanks again for joining me. I'm T. J Walker. Good luck with your ceremonial speeches and all other speeches.