The best speeches are the result of organization, preparation, and practice.  Would you run a marathon without organizing your training plan, preparing physically and mentally, and not practicing? Of course not! Public speakers are more successful when they organize their thoughts and materials.  Their speeches are more focused, and they are more confident and relaxed. Preparing involves writing out a script of your key points and being prepared for any questions that the audience may ask.  Practice your speech in front of the mirror and also in front of others, paying attention to your facial expressions, gestures, and body movements. The goal is to look calm yet energetic and confident, and to avoid gestures like putting your hands in your pockets or in your hair. Organize, prepare, and practice your way to an outstanding speech!