What does preparation look like?
I found public speaking to be much like writing.
The preparation process, at least initially, were similar. Study the topic. Consider it carefully, from both my perspective then my audience perspective.
Finally, Pray, then: Write. Write what you know. Write what you think. Write what you believe. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, page after page. Just keep writing. Hours, days, weeks of just writing.
Stop. Study more, read more. Go deeper: consider the concept and the goal of the topic even more. Come up for air, read what’s been written. Disappointing. Very disappointing. If it were batting averages, probably .100. Take heart, this is a very normal, very expected process in writing. Back to the topic. Delineate it. Consider, then reconsider the subject goal from different angles. Ponder, brainstorm and record my thoughts.
Again… more writing. More pages. Repeat process several times. Read results, comparing to batting averages again, it elevated a little, maybe .150. Better. Gather constructive criticism from team of supporters. Rework outline. Set up bullet key points. Write, write, write. And pray. Read.
Improvement – GREAT improvement. Concrete ideas now in black in white. Less writing. More rewriting. Hardest part over.
My writing voice: STRONG, DISTINCT, CONFIDENT.
My message: CLEAR, SUCCINCT.
My delivery: I SHALL LET YOU KNOW….