Maybe you'll be there. If you are, you will hear me present information to you and 5000 other people. 5000 people. That's a big group. Someone close to me asked me today, "How are you going to do that?" Here's how.
I am going to talk about something I know about. If you are ever invited to speak on a topic you know little or nothing about, you have two choices. Either, you should say, "No," or... actually, you only have that one choice. And if you do know a little something about the topic, and you agree to speak, you must do what even the experts do: research. Investigate your topic with your audience in mind. The more expert you are, the more important it is to consider what other people might want to know.
I am going to bring personal stories. Bringing personality and personal stories to a presentation makes the talk far more interesting to listeners. "Tell me something I don't know," people say. Personal stories are a little like gossip; they reveal insights that the general public doesn't have access to.
I am going to practice. In fact, I am going to use parts of a presentation I have made before. The last time I gave this talk, it was in front of a mirror. The time before that, it was in front of 200 people. That's almost 5000, but not quite. So I will practice in front of the mirror again, as a favor to the 4800 people who have not heard this presentation yet.
I am going to speak slowly. More people means more distraction. It's unlikely that, in a wide open stadium on a Saturday morning, the audience will be silently attentive. But some will be interested, and for them, I will speak slowly and deliberately, so the message comes across as intended.
I am going to stay at the podium until the next speaker steps up. This is the rule according to Toastmasters; good enough for me.
And I am going to thank my hosts, my fellow presenters and, especially, my audience. Because I am grateful for the opportunity to step up and do this. Maybe you'll be in the crowd on Saturday. And if you are, then, Thank you!