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Good Public Speaking Tips
A speech is like a journey. It has a purpose, a map and a destination.
Speeches are like babies – easy to conceive but hard to deliver.
A speech is like a love affair – any fool can start one, but to end it requires considerable skill.
When preparing a speech keep in mind the fleeting nature of oral communication.
Five of the best public speaking tips
Who will you be talking to?
Before you prepare your talk find out as much as you can about the people that are likely to attend.
What are the numbers likely to be present? What will be their age range, sex ration and knowledge of your topic?
What are their beliefs, attitudes and values?
How much do they already know about your subject? What will they want to know?
Decide on your objective
Write down your objective in one sentence. What actions do you want your audience to take after your talk? (If it is an after dinner speech it should be entertaining but it still needs to have a worthwhile message.)
Try to tell them something new and helpful. make it entertaining and interesting.
Focus on a simple clear message.
First establish a rapport with your audience
Spend time at the start establishing a rapport with your audience and for them to get use to your voice. “Did you know I went to school in this town.” “I worked for this organisation many years ago.”
A funny anecdote can help establish an early rapport and get people paying attention right from the start.
Keep your presentation simple
If you want your talk remembered don’t make too many points. The ideal number of points is probable three.
Three points made three times is a sound rule for recalling your message. Tell your audience what you are going to say, say it then summarize what you said.
Summarize at the finish
Make your objective clear in your final message and punch it home with energy and vigour.
Answer any questions to clarify your message.
Give a handout to reinforce your message and to give detailed evidence to support your argument.
Your first and last statements are the most important. A speech should be ended, not allowed to expire. The end should be a climax, NOT an anticlimax.
“A recipe for a good speech includes some shortening.”
Source: “Persuasive Ways. ‘Tricks of the trade’ to get your ideas across”. First published by Moss Associates Ltd., New Zealand and in Chinese by the Shanghai People’s Publishing House, the Singapore Institute of Management, Kogan Page Ltd, U.K and in Hungarian by Bagolyvar Konyvkiado. Also published as the “Secrets of Persuasion” by Cengage Learning Asia and as an e-book and sold by Amazon.com.