So, it is over. You have finally finished the first draft! A quick proofread and you can be done, right? Not quite.
Whether you are writing a proposal, a grant application, a college essay, or putting together the speech for the next quarterly meeting, there are a couple of crucial steps to take before you are done.
As any good business public speaking training will teach you, it is not over until you do the revising and proofreading. The success of that document, letter, or speech will depend on how effective you are at revising and proofreading.
Writing needs to be read by the writer (and others) before it is delivered to the intended audience. The same holds true with a speech. Read your document, or if it’s a speech, present it (to a small group or recorder, if possible). Check for:
Now, go back and reread, or re-present the speech. For goodness’ sake, be brief!
About public speaking, Teddy Roosevelt said, “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” The Improving Communications business public speaking training, as well as the business writing training builds on that mantra encouraging all to be sincere, accurate, and brief.
Cleaning up the small issues through revising and proofreading is the final stage in the writing process. It truly works for both the writing a document and the writing of a speech.
Is your writing clear? Is your speech to the point? Will your audience appreciate it? Take the time to polish up your content, make the quality of your words match the quality of your ideas.
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