- How much effort do you put into writing your speech?
- How much effort do you put into making it perfect?
- Do you expend more effort refining it than writing the first draft?
The 80/20 Rule
Once the subject matter of a speech is known, most people can write the bulk of it in a short time resulting in ‘a speech of reasonable quality’ which will satisfy an audience.
Tweak after 20%
Given that you only expended 20% of your efforts to arrive at ‘a speech of reasonable quality’, it is then worth taking a little more time to tweak it.
- Brighten up your word pictures
- Add some alliteration
- Inject some similes and metaphors
- Change the paragraph order
- Hone your opening and closure
However you will soon be impacted by the law of diminishing returns and further small improvements will require more effort than they are worth.