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Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Callender Hogan

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Chapter 4. Writing Your Presentation

YOUR TOPIC HAS BEGUN TO TAKE SHAPE, you have a venue in mind, maybe you can even picture yourself onstage…it’s becoming real now!

When you think about the entire timeline for talk prep from start to finish, I’m guessing the bulk of your process will be spent on the writing stage. This may be obvious, but it’s worth saying: give yourself enough time to write the presentation, iterate, and gather feedback before officially giving the talk.

Why?

Almost all of the fears shared in my public speaking survey—fears like saying something wrong, missing the mark on what the audience wants, or fumbling onstage—can ...

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