In some corporations, people wait until the fall for major speeches. It’s a way to give updates on the company or to hold a conference before the holiday rush of Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s an easier time to get employees together once the summer vacations are over. For my friends in education, fall is the typical time when the “new year” begins.
Invariably, many of my speechwriting requests taper off in June and July but surge in late August–all with speech dates in September. Writers and speakers don’t like those time crunches.
Instead, why not prepare for your fall speeches now rather than waiting until later in the year?
Summer is the perfect time to prepare for speeches that you are giving in the fall.
Around this time, many of my clients go on vacation and think, “I’ll prepare my major speech after I return.” Or they say, “I’ll finally have some time on this vacation to get my speech ready to go.”
Yet those options don’t always work out.
We come back from vacation with a pile of emails staring down at us. What we thought was going to be a relaxing vacation turned into more activity than we could handle.
So what’s the solution?
Even though your speech seems far off, take time now to at least write a first draft or the main ideas you want to get across.
You don’t have to write it all out. Instead, go with the major themes and ideas you want to include. Then, over your vacation, you can let those ideas ruminate. You won’t feel rushed when you return.
You can also take those ideas and delegate them to a staff member to help fill in the details while away. Once you return, you can go over the improved draft without worrying about starting from scratch.
Ready to get started on your fall speech now? Respond to this email or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about your project.