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How to Prepare a 10 Minute Keynote with only 2 Days Notice

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How to Prepare a 10 Minute Keynote with only 2 Days Notice

I was recently asked to do a 10 minute keynote to honor an award recipient two days before the awards ceremony. I really did not have the time to prepare anything, but I wanted to do it because of who asked me and who was getting the award. I was honored to be asked.

Thanks to technology, I was able to start preparing my speech while driving. With my headset on, I recorded my thoughts on the recording app – I love technology!!

I used one of the key secrets to a great speech – passion – to begin practicing. I poured my heart out about this person, what she means to me and how she has impacted my life and others.

Then the day of the event, about a couple of hours before I had to leave, I did a little research on how to prepare a an acknowledgement speech to get some pointers. Then I listened to my recording from the other day, transcribed it, reviewed my notes and rearranged what I said, adding a few things and, voila, my presentation was almost done.

Almost done, because practice is an integral part of preparing. I did one quick run through and, then, when I got to the event, I stayed in the car and did a run through again. I was ready. A little nervous because I didn’t get to spend as much time preparing as I liked, but, still, I felt somewhat prepared.

When it came time to do my keynote, I used my notes, some, just as a guide and spoke from my heart. When the award recipient came up and spoke, she said I was so great, she wanted to take me on tour with her!! Wow, I was so appreciative of her remark. It just goes to show you that you can do a great job with some skill, a little preparation, and a lot of heart.

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Pam Terry is a public speaker coach and marketing strategist who has helped hundreds of people become compelling speakers and get business from speaking. Her straightforward style empowers experts to experience joyful self-expression. And, her talent for creating structure and systems enables her clients to accelerate their success! For more tips and resources, join The In Demand Speaker Official Group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/theindemandspeaker.com.
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