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Chapter 23. Speaking Off-the-Cuff > Practice Makes Perfect - Pg. 197

Speaking Off-the-Cuff 197 Class Act It's better to write and practice a speech that you may not need than to not have a speech when you do need it. Preparation is a great way to beat stage fright. The Least You Need to Know · Decide what you're going to say, develop one main idea, and stick with it. · Keep your speech simple. · Don't go off on tangents. · Speak in complete sentences, without distracting words such as "uh" and "um." · Prepare and memorize a just-in-case speech if impromptu speaking terrorizes you.