August 4, 2011

Get ready!

Fellow speaker,

Before your speech, World Champion speaker Craig Valentine suggests:
  • (60 minutes before speech time) - Warm up your voice, use a vocal exercise to get your voice ready...Craig sings a note using the diaphragm, then sings a higher note using the diaphragm, etc.
  • (60 minutes before speech time) - Sit in all four corners of the room to see what the audience experience is for your speech
  • (45 minutes before speech time) - Walk around the stage or platform area and get a feel for the stage.  Test the microphone at different places in the room to see if there is any feedback in a certain area on or off the stage.  If you are planning to walk into the audience, test the mike while walking into the audience.