Staging Your Speech


Many people ask me how to learn a whole speech. I find that once I’ve staged my speech, one line leads to another and the whole thing flows smoothly along to it’s conclusion.

In a way the script is like a choreography, but instead of different physical movements all strung together to create a dance piece, a script is made up of building blocks like, different emotions, change of pace and intensity.


If you get the script right and the roller coaster ride of emotion, the movements should follow quite naturally. Yes there are some techniques for staging your speech, such as using Holograms, Time Lines, Repetition motifs, Upstage verses Downstage. In general, we can forgive a speaker who lacks these staging techniques, if she delivers a powerful message. We can’t however, accept a speaker with all the staging techniques in the world, if she fails to stir us in our heart or provoke us in our thinking.

My advice to you is to spend 70% of your time writing and rewriting your scripts. Remember the saying “A great speech isn’t written, it’s rewritten.” Think of them as a movie and yourself as a movie director. What do you see? What do you want your audience to see? How does the action unfold? Who are the main characters? If there are too many, chuck a few of them out.

A great movie often doesn’t start at the beginning of a story, but BANG straight in the middle or even near the end. These teaser makes us curious as to how we get there, we are on the edge of our seats as the story starts to unfold. If the blue print of what we think will happen and what does actually happen don’t match. Our mind is surprised, jolted and thus stimulated by this unexpected twist. Remember, that just like a film, two thirds of the footage ends up on the cutting room floor. Don’t be afraid to cut great stuff if it doesn’t further your story in the way that will excite your audience.

Be a movie maker, because speaking creates visuals in the mind of the listeners. What images will you place there?

Post by Olivia Schofield

                        Real Talk: When My Confidence is Low

ready for a truth post from the heart? here it goes…

i have been feeling scattered brained and all over the place for the past few weeks. my confidence is low and shaky in what i’m doing professionally with this blog and our business. i spend so much time in my own head, that sometimes hours pass without me even noticing.

it would be so much easier if i had certain people telling me “chelsea, you can’t do this. you can’t achieve these goals. why should it be you to put a new spin on marriage and relationships?” but no, 99.98% of everyone i interact with is supportive and encouraging (thank you).

it’s ME telling myself these things and that’s the worst part of it. i can walk away from people who are nay-saying or block them on my social media but i am with myself. all. the. time.

it’s a dangerous thing to talk to ourselves this way because it sinks in deeper and it’s harder to come out of it.

i keep trying to remember to talk to myself like i would my best friend. easier said than done.

real talk…i don’t have everything together and i really do struggle still with feeling capable of living the life i’ve chosen.

one of the things i’ve found to help me see a little more light and feel a tiny bit better is reading positive quotes. i’ve signed up to get danielle laporte’s #truthbombs delivered to my inbox each day and those are helping.


another thing that helps is to be open with my lack of confidence and crazy feelings. though it’s scary to say/write things out loud, i feel as though it has less power over me than if i keep them locked up.

the point of these ramblings isn’t a plea for pity or even encouragement. it’s to let you know that if you’re struggling with where you are right now, you are not alone. it’s normal and we all go through it and hope it passes quickly. it’s apparently part of the process and i want to be real and authentic here.

if you are totally and completely rocking it where you are right now, celebrate that and remember that feeling so you can call on it later.

with that, i found this other quote which i have been guilty of these past few weeks and working to remember it:

get out of your own way


this is a friendly reminder to you and to myself that we are capable, we can do big things and we already have everything we need inside us.

update: i posted this on facebook and then the fabulous jessica shared a link to this great video all about getting out of our way. give it a listen and move aside!

article by Chelsea Turner Avery

Are you Afraid of Competing?

I believe many women fear speech competitions for the same reasons I did.  I worried about how I looked, about sounding intelligent and about feeling competent.  I wanted to deliver the “perfect” speech.We as women always want to look good.  Why?  In our culture we are judged by what’s on the outside; physical beauty and the clothes we wear.  Just the thought of putting ourselves in a position where all eyes would be on us and we’d be the center of attention is terrifying!  “Oh my gosh!  How’s my hair?  Do I look okay?  Do I look fat?”  Suddenly we become a big ball of insecurity rolling down an emotional roller coaster!

My need to deliver the perfect speech was because I wanted to sound intelligent.  We feel the need to prove ourselves while our male counterparts appear to have an edge up simply because they are men. That’s why I came up with some tricks to help me with my delivery which made me feel intellectual and competent.

Tune in on Saturday to hear how I overcame my insecurities and made it to the World Championship Stage!

Kelly Sargeant

2014 Best “Female” Public Speaker