I’ll never forget when my friend and amazing spoken word poet Joshua Bennett was reminiscing about a speech he gave during his early years of performing.
“Man, I thought I could just go up there with a topic and get my Malcolm X on,” Joshua laughed. “But winging it was definitely not the best idea.”
Early in my speaking career, I used to have a similar mentality. I thought that confidence, familiarity with my subject matter, and good intentions would be enough to produce a great speech.
Looking back on it, I see that my ego was getting in the way of creating the most impact possible for my audience.