Before you begin practicing your speech, you’ll need to answer a few basic questions:

  • What is your topic?
  • What point are you trying to make to your audience?
  • What is the story you want to tell?

Once you have these answers, start outlining your speech. A good order to follow is:

  1. Beginning
    1. Hook
    1. Introduction
    1. Goals
    1. Agenda
  2. Middle
    1. Details
  3. End
    1. Summary
    1. Inspiring takeaway
    1. Thank you

Some people can present on the fly, but it’s always beneficial (and highly recommended) to outline and organize your speech. Effective presenters deliver information in a well-structured format that is easy for the audience to follow. 

Hint: You can find Braven’s structure for organizing a speech in the Braven portal!


Make sure your topic is applicable to your audience. Find out their level of knowledge on your topic and what they expect from your speech. By keeping your audience in mind when preparing your presentation, you can tailor your speech and choose a topic that’s relevant and relatable to them. Just like you wouldn’t give a speech about retirement homes to a group of college students, you wouldn’t try to sell someone a product that they have no use for.


Start practicing your speech in front of a mirror so you can jot down notes and circle areas you want to improve. Next, practice in front of a few close friends. Not sure who to ask? Reach out to your Braven cohort! Ask them to time you so you don’t go over your time limit when delivering your speech and ask for feedback and suggestions on how you can improve.

Next, practice in the actual environment where you’ll be presenting. This may be a classroom, a large lecture hall, or a conference room at your place of work. Wherever it is, learn the space well before your presentation and get comfortable with it. 

Pro tip: record your speech and watch it multiple times; analyze it and focus on areas that need improvement.


Don’t underestimate the power of good body language. Maintain good posture and avoid crossing your arms or putting your hands in your pockets. Open yourself up to your audience with hand gestures and movement around the presentation space. Standing behind a podium and reading from your notes can create a barrier between you and your audience. Keep them engaged by commanding the space and crossing the room when transitioning topics. And don’t forget to smile!


Making eye contact with your audience keeps them engaged and helps you build a connection with them. It’s also a great way to get feedback on your performance — you can read their facial expressions to see if they seem interested. 


Don’t try to present an inhibited version of yourself when speaking to your audience. It’s much easier for the audience to relax and connect with you when you’re being yourself. Be real, open, and connect with your audience by building authentic relationships with them.

 Now you’re ready for the races! Use these tips to prepare for your next speech—whether it be for school or for an internship—and remember to be yourself!

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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