Do not read your speech

Do not read your speech – with these exceptions:

Your lawyer instructed you to read it.
You are introducing a piece of legislation.
You are the elected leader of your country.

Reading your speech sounds cold, uncommitted and unconvincing.

If you want to sound warm – don’t read your speech.
If you want to sound passionate – don’t read your speech.
If you want to sound credible – don’t read your speech.

Don’t read your speech. It will feel like a lecture – cold and detached.

Do not read your speech.

It is okay to work from notes. Your notes should consist of key words and phrases – to remind you of what you intend to say. Glance at the key words – then deliver the rehearsed message directly to your audience.

Do not read your speech.

George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives
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