Speech Tip: Nervous?

Speech Tip: Nervous?

Don’t be nervous. Be ready.

Speech Tip: Nervous? I am. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

A client is giving a speech tomorrow. He’s giving someone an award for a year of great service, and with it, thanks for a great 15 years. The client wants to knock it out of the park. I think I wrote a great speech and I’m confident the client will deliver it well. But I’m still unsure how it will go.

I can only do my best. I did, as will the speaker, but there is a third part I can’t influence: the audience.

The audience might love it. Or, they’ll dismiss it. A standing ovation or polite clapping? I don’t know and there’s nothing I can do about it.

I wrote well. I practiced delivery. The client is doing his part. We are walking through it. Right before the event, we’ll do a run-through.

That’s how it works. Nervous happens. Success can’t happen if either I or my client freezes. Pushing through being nervous won’t guarantee success. Not pushing through being nervous guarantees failure.

You want excellence. We all do. You’ve put in the work. The blood, the sweat, and the tears? Maybe all of it and more. If you freeze or otherwise are inhibited from being excellent because of fear, then the odds of excellence are nil.

Which would you prefer?

I’d love to help you be less nervous. Let’s talk. Contact me.