I saw a video you had on YouTube about Public Speaking. I am new to it and I did memorize one of my first speeches, due to the fact that I had to speak for a specific length of time.
Actually, my speeches begin off the cuff at home. I record myself just off the cuff. Then, I type and clean up my speeches from there.
However, I prefer to not always “memorize” a speech. I want to get to where I deliver speeches off the cuff, but my question is: How can I be off the cuff and timely?
For example: If I memorize a speech in advance, I can make sure that speech is exactly the length they book me to speak for. However, if I just remember my key points and an outline, I cannot go into it knowing how long that speech will be, if I am solely off the cuff.
Any advice there? I hope my question makes since. Thanks for a great YouTube video.
Thanks for your question and you’re very welcome.
I would advise glancing at the clock part way through your speech so you know if you are on track. If you notice you are running behind time, find a way to wrap the speech up faster. If you have more time than expected, find areas that you can emphasize or take more questions at the end. It may be helpful to bring a small timing clock with you on the stage and place it on the podium, so you can quickly glance down and see how you are doing with time.
I usually find that I have more material than I need, so at the moment I am giving the speech I try to relate the most important things to the audience in the time available. You also may want to vary your speech depending who is your audience that day (for example, are they from a particular demographic or background).
I would recommend remembering the key points and an outline, and to practice your speech, try delivering it with a stopwatch handy and record yourself, and then listen back to the recording. That can be a useful tool to help you revise and remember your speech as well.