How do I avoid rambling and going off-message?

One of the key things that most people worry about is rambling when they talk, you know, getting off the subject.

Here is the secret to that: Know what you want to say.

Know ahead of time the one or two key points that you want to get across.

Whether you’ve got two minutes or 20 minutes. There’s still a couple of things you want the audience to remember and if you know those and if you have taken the time to practice those, then you’re much more likely to stay on the subject.

And, if you feel yourself wandering off, you can bring yourself back because audiences don’t remember much. So if you can get across to points and do it in a likable way, you have hit a home run.