Speaking - Your Talk Has Been Accepted.
If you keep writing and submitting talk proposals, you'll suddenly find yourself having to write and present that talk. Here's what that phase of speaking can look like:
- It's probably been a few months since you wrote that proposal; do you still want to do that talk? If not, it's time to talk to the organizers right away; you don't want to damage your reputation by giving a bad talk. You can make usually some minor tweaks to the talk details without any problems.
- Reserve time on your calendar for the talk, travel, and any preparation you need to do.
- Confirm organizational basics with the organizers. Who will make travel arrangements? How long is your slot? Is there a projector, is it widescreen and how will you connect your laptop to the screen?
- If at all possible, visit your local Toastmasters group. Just go and watch some talks and give some feedback for starters.
- Before you're even done and comfortable giving your talk, practice it. Practice on your co-workers, or at a friendly neighborhood meet up. You need that outsider perspective to tell you how what about your talk is interesting, confusing, and even how long it takes to deliver. Do this as early as possible; I guarantee that you'll be overhauling your talk after this practice.
- Start writing your talk. Start now. A great way to force yourself to work on your talk is to schedule a practice talk session at work, Toastmasters, or a local meetup.
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