Focus on the main points you want to make and why they are important to your audience.

Put these on a piece of paper in front of you so you stay focused on what you are there to talk about. Then look at what details you need to share to support your main points. If you share too many details, your audience will shut down.

I recommend you give someone the basic outline of your speech and allow them to put checkmarks where they find you tend to go off on a tangent. Then after the speech, debrief with that person so you can better understand what details are not relevant to your audience.

If all else fails, simply stop speaking, look down to the right, and then resume by going back to one of your key points. This will help you stop rambling and sidelining.

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