Next time you make a presentation tell your audience something new and helpful. Make your talk entertaining and interesting. Share your feeling and emotions.
A speech is like a journey. It has a purpose, a map and a destination.
When preparing a speech keep in mind the fleeting nature of oral communication. Keep it simple with not too many details.
Use visual aids. People are more likely to remember what they see than what they hear.
Your first and last statements are the most important. Prepare these well!
Five of the best public speaking tips
* Research your audience
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 ratio 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?
* Focus on a simple clear message
Decide on your objective. Write this down 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.)
* Establish a rapport with your audience
At the start establishing a rapport with your audience. Smile and chat to them. “Did you know I was born in this town?” “I once worked for your organisation.”
An interesting story or a funny anecdote can help establish an early rapport and get people paying attention right from the start. “A funny thing happened to me last night…….”
* Keep your presentation simple
A United States Presidential speech writer once told me the ideal speech contains only three main points, made three times.
If you want your talk remembered don’t make too many points.
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.
* Punch home your final message
Make your objective clear in your final message and punch it home with energy and vigour.
Answer any questions to clarify your talk.
Give a handout to reinforce your message with detailed evidence to support your presentation.
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.