Remember it is the audience’s time not your time. Concentrate on the purpose for your speech and the audience.
- Have 2 objectives in mind. They are making a good impression and leaving your audience with 2 or 3 worthwhile takeaway points.
- Be memorable. Clearly state your theme in 15-20 words and build the speech around it.
- Structure it. Be sure it develops logically and has no unrelated things mentioned. Set your expectation near the opening and mention what you’ll be covering. Don’t over complicate your information.
- Make sure your opening is attention getting. Shar a statistic, shocking fact or open with a question. Above all keep the preliminaries short.
- Have the right tone. Make sure your speech fits in with the spirit of the event. Ensure the audience will respond positively.
- Show something of yourself. Tell a short personal story or anecdote.
- Repeat important points. People don’t concentrate all the time. Repetition leaves an impression. Stress keywords, phrases and themes. Repeat your message several times throughout the speech.
- Use transitive phrases. For example: What does that mean? Then follow with a pause. This alerts your audience to the fact that something important is about to be shared.
- Illustrate point(s) with props if possible.
- Have a strong ending. Your close is what your audience will remember. You can share a success story, make a call to action or recap your most important point.
- Keep your speech as short as possible. Respect your audience’s time. Remember the longer you stay on stage the more likely you will make a mistake.
A well prepared and rehearsed speech will help you conquer your nerves.
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