Then the day of the event - about a couple of hours before I had to leave I did a little research on how to prepare a speech about someone so that I didn't have to think about it. Then I listened to my recording from the other day, transcribed it, reviewed my notes and rearranged what I said, adding a few things and voila my presentation was almost done.
Almost done, because practice is an integral part of preparing. I did one quick run through and then when I got to the event, I stayed in the car and did a run through again. I was ready. A little nervous because I didn't get to spend as much time preparing as I liked, but still I felt somewhat prepared.
When it came time to do my keynote, I used my notes, some, just as a guide and spoke from my heart. When the award recipient came up and spoke, she said I was so great, she wanted to take me on tour with her!! Wow, I was so appreciative of her remark. It just goes to show you that, you can do a great job with some skill, a little preparation and a lot of heart.