Chapter 8 Summary

Photograph of George Washington Carver.
Agricultural scientist and inventor George Washington Carver once stated, “There is no shortcut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation.”

Speakers can memorably connect their message to an audience through careful planning, practice, and strategy regarding how they will deliver that message. Practice and preparation must be undertaken early and often. Start with a minimum of three separate practice sessions. The first session tests the amount of time the speech will take to deliver. The second session transfers the information from the outline to note cards. The third session familiarizes the speaker with his or her notes while working on delivery style. Any and all sessions of practice after that help to refine the delivery and potentially add many of the advanced tips offered in this chapter.

Public speaking and communication in general are learned skills that require dedication and commitment to refine and perfect.


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