5 Tips to Great Speechwriting

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•    Great speeches are primarily emotional, not logical – the more you can evoke the emotions of your audience, the more they’ll get hooked on your speech and make it memorable for them.
•    Small shifts in tone make an enormous difference to the audience, so sweat the details – by varying the tone of your voice at certain points, you emphasize the important and crucial details of your speech.
•    A great speech has a clear voice speaking throughout – make sure that whatever tone and volume you use, your voice should be clear enough to be understood by everyone inside the room.
•    A great speech conveys one idea only, though it can have lots of supporting points – this one idea will tie everything together and make your speech cohesive
•    A great speech answers a great need – after all, it’s always about the audience and not you.

To know more about this, please head to: The Five Basic Secrets of Great Speechwriting

5 Ways of Getting Better at Impromptu Speaking

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Impromptu speaking has a different set of skills as compared to the usual prepared speech public speakers and presenters do. Speaking on the spot, without any preparation and without knowing what to expect can be pretty scary. If some presenters who have prepared well still nervous in front of an audience, how much more for those who are asked to do an impromptu speech?

Well, don’t worry too much. There are things you can do to prepare yourself somehow. Below are five tips on how to do better at impromptu speaking:

  1. Become aware that you are blocking yourself  
    When people are asked to speak on the spot, they would normally turn on their internal critic which shuts any creative ideas down. Acknowledge that this is happening. becoming aware of it is the first step to unlocking your brain and making it flow with ideas eventually.
  2. Practice  “accepting” your own ideas
    Instead of thing “Yes, but…” every time a new idea pops in your head, think “Yes, and…” This way, you put trust into your own ideas and from there, your inner creativity will shine.
  3. Learn about improvisation
    Join a class of find people who do improvs. You can also do research online. This way, your skills in extemporaneous speeches will improve.
  4. Find a local Toastmasters club
    Just like in joining improvs, joining  Toastmasters International for instance can help you practice your ability to speak on the spot.
  5. Practice self compassion
    It is normal to make mistakes as you learn better how to do impromptu speeches. Forgive yourself and move on. Keep improving and doing things that will make you a better extemporaneous speaker.

For more insights about this, please head to: Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

How to Start a Speech the Right Way

grand-opening-banner-10540289Your opening line must be able to immediately grab your audience’s attention. Set aside the usual “My name is ________ and I’m here to talk about __________” kind of opening speech. This will surely bore your audience without fail.  There are a lot of ways one can deliver an opening with impact. Below are four of them:

1. Start with a quote. Of course you have to choose one that fits your topic and something that your audience can relate with. It helps if they know who the  quote is from.

2. Create a “what if” scenario. By painting a picture of possibilities, you immediately engage your audience. For example, say something like “What if I tell you that you can attain wealth beyond your wildest dreams?” A line similar to that will surely catch their attention and immediately engage them.

3. Use an “imagine” scenario. By letting your audience imagine something amazing happening to them, you immediately bring them into the presentation. This is similar to #2.

4. Ask a question – rhetorical or literal. By asking a question, the audience intuitively answers in their mind even if they are not required. This immediately brings them into the presentation as well.

For more insights about this matter, please head to: How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

3 Ways to Close a Speech with a Bang

close-up-end-vintage-book-13037813Closing your speech properly is as important as your opening remarks and delivering a thought-provoking body of presentation. You can’t just engage them during your storytelling and then end everything abruptly or with a bland one-liner thank you speech. The closing part is the last impression you will leave with your audience therefore it is important to make it count as well.

Below are tips on what you can do to make a killer closing for your presentation or speech.

1. A Direct Call to Action – The closing of your speech should be able to tell your audience what you would like for them to do next.

2. A Call to Vision – Create a mental vision of the future and motivate your audience to work towards it.

3. A Call to Question – Leave your audience with a rhetorical question that will make them think.

 

To get more insight on how to end your presentation or speech with a bang, head to this link: How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet 

What Not to Say When Speaking or Presenting

up-down-28938876When delivering your speech or presentation, there are some things that you just shouldn’t say. Here are some of them:

1. People fear public speaking more than they fear death.

2. People would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.

3. Communication is 93% nonverbal.

These things are simply not true and are oftentimes misrepresentations from old researches. If you want to be credible and effective, say something new and something that’s actually true and based on proper research.

For more information about this, please go to this link: Three ways you should never start your presentation

 

4 Tips to Overcome Fear of Impromptu Speeches

impromptu-team-meeting-1980224Speaking off the cuff is quite scary especially to speakers and presenters who are just starting out and not yet used to this kind of situation. Let’s say you’re asked to give an impromptu speech by your boss about something that you or your department has been doing for some time. What do you do? All of a sudden your mind goes blank, you start sweating and all you can think of is you want the floor to swallow you. I know this is a bit extreme but it does happen, even to the best of us. So what do you do?

Below are simple things you can incorporate in your practice so that giving impromptu speeches will no longer be scary for you.

  1. Change the way you think about speaking off the cuff
  2. Start with a pause
  3. Trust yourself and turn off your internal critic
  4. Use a simple framework to organise your thoughts

To find out more about this, please head to this post: 4 Powerful Tips For Speaking Off The Cuff

 

Quick Tips to Better Your Speech

bridesmaid-giving-speech-11053658There are probably two best tips for good public speaking and these are: 1) to put the audience first and 2) to be yourself. By how does a newbie public speaker do this? Below are some tips that can help:

1) Be passionate. When you have passion for what you do, everything will just flow and your sincerity and credibility will shine through.

2) Stand up straight and look at the audience. This will make you look very confident and at ease.

3) Speak in a strong voice. This is how you should sound which means you are eager and excited about what you are conveying.

To get more ideas about this, please head to:  Short New Tips to Better Speeches