D. H. Lawrence, the controversial English novelist, said, "... when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."
Marcus T. Cicero said, "A good orator is pointed and impassioned."
A great speech is a joyous celebration of the possibilities inherent to language. A speech that brings the audience to its feet has gathered the strongest of compliments.
Lastly, here’s an odd little tip that I picked up from a public speaking class in New York last year that has helped me immensely: It’s called systematic desensitization, and it involves imagining the worst-case scenario and events that would make you nervous while engaging in relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises. I don’t know why this helps, but it does! Keep in mind that systematic desensitization requires a long-term approach. Don’t expect a miracle overnight, but if you keep at it you will very likely change the way you think about public speaking.
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