"What is the most important thing to remember when you get up to give a speech?"
There are probably as many answers to this question as there are public speakers. Here's mine: Most important? That the audience hears me and understands what I'm saying.
Our voice is the primary vehicle we use to make sure they understand us. How we feel about giving the speech will influence how we sound when we actually begin to talk. But it’s not just a matter of ‘opening our mouth and let ‘er rip!’ Just getting the words right is only the beginning of what we need to be aware of.