As I prepare my speech for the 2008 Toastmasters International Speech Competition, I realize the importance of brevity. The speech contest requires your speech to be from 5 to 7 minutes with a 30 second grace period either way. As I started writing this speech, I was well over 8 and a half minutes!

This happens all the time as I then take out my scalpel and start trimming words. It’s important not to become too attached to any of your speech because you never know when you have to give a part of it the ax.

In the end, it’s important to gaining a clearer message so your audience will “get it”. Jerry Seinfeld has said that he will spend hours taking a 15 word joke down to 8 words. Why? Because brevity is important. It creates a clearer message for your audience. Remember “Keep it Simple Stupid” (KISS)? That mantra holds true for your speeches and presentations, too!

Dan

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