So you’ve planned your event to the last detail, read here in case you missed it. You’ve arranged for the food, an itinerary and you’ve got your attendees all in one place. Now you’re ready to start writing your script. What do you say?
While some people are comfortable speaking to a group without a script or outline, most are not. According to Forbes magazine, about 10 percent of the population loves public speaking, 10 percent are terrified of it, and the remaining 80 percent fall somewhere in the middle.
So it’s probably safe to say that the majority of speakers are not comfortable winging it, and could benefit from having a script to follow.
A script is a blueprint for your event that defines the dialogue of one or more presenters and the order in which they will occur.
To ease the public speaking jitters, here are a few other reasons to write a script:
- It guides the flow of your presentation or event
- It ensures you have enough to say
- It keeps you organized
- It prevents you from going off on a tangent and running over your allotted time
Have a strong startYour first words and how you say them creates the event’s first impression for your attendees. Make your voice sound strong and confident, not shy and meek. You could start with a joke or a question, or begin by introducing yourself and welcoming them to the event.
Deliver a simple messageWhen you’re writing your script, define the goals and purpose of what you want to say. Make sure to explain those points thoroughly one at a time, in a natural voice.
Write like you talkThe script should not sound like a literary work of art. It should sound like you talk. That means all those things you were taught not to do in English class - like sentence fragments, incomplete sentences and starting sentences with “and,” “but” or “or” - are okay to use in script writing.
Readable formattingIt will be easier to read if it is written with a large text size and lots of white space. Start a new paragraph whenever you change a thought. Also, use all caps and bold type to indicate emphasis in your voice.
Don’t read your script word for wordFurthermore, writing your script gives you a chance to rehearse it, make changes, and become familiar with what you are going to say. Make sure to avoid reading it to your audience. The more you practice you get, the more you’ll be able to speak from memory, so you’ll only need to refer to it as a guide. In addition, make eye contact with your audience to increase engagement and help them get more out of your presentation.
Rehearse and reviseFinally, practice reading your script out loud until you are comfortable, and expect that you’ll revise as you go. Some sentences that sounded great in your head sound different when you actually speak them. Go ahead and adjust or rewrite them accordingly.
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