The first time
Public Speaking Advice and Commentary
AUGUST 25, 2010
I had to structure the speech properly, I had to rehearse, I had to focus on the audience – or I wouldn’t even be taking my own advice. Chiefly, when I brought a couple of volunteers to the stage to demonstrate some ideas about body language, it took too long to give the volunteers their instructions, and the audience got a bit restive. The first time you give a speech is exciting, unnerving, and inevitably filled with an awkward moment or two.