As the speech time gets closer, here is what World Champion Speaker Craig Valentine recommends:
- (45 minutes before your speech) - Go over your opening lines to ensure you know exactly what you are going to open your speech with and are comfortable saying it.
- (10 - 15 minutes before your speech) - Mentally send your audience good thoughts. Look at as many people as possible in your audience and think something like, "I'm glad you're here. I hope you get what you need out of this program."
- (2 -10minutes before your speech) - Ground yourself and get your energy up. You will have to experiment to find what it is that best gets your energy up. For some it's music, for others it's jumping up and down, try different things and see what works for you.