Public speaking: some guidelines
You can drop some of these rules when you become practised and confident at public speaking.
1. Keep it brief. Limit yourself strictly to two or three points. The most common failing is trying to say too much.
2. Even if it is just a speech or question from the floor in a public meeting, write down what your two or three points are. If it is a prepared speech, write it out; memorise it as far as you can, but have your notes to refer to.
3. Decide in advance, and write down, what the final sentence of your speech will be.
4. If you tend to put lots of "you know"