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

 

Tips on How to Adapt to Your Presentation

adaptWhen you present or speak in front of your audience, are you able to tell if your they are interested and engaged? How do you know if they are listening well to you or how do you gauge if they see you as credible enough? Being able to analyze your audience right then and there will also help you adapt on the spot to your presentations. Here’s what you do. Follow N.E.A.R.:

  • Notice emotions – Open yourself up so you can experience your audience’s emotions. Be more aware.
  • Examine – Notice their body language. Are they sleepy? Uh-oh! You are not exciting enough. Are they leaning forward? Good!
  • Ask – Ask them questions to keep them engaged or ask them to do some physical activities to keep them alert.
  • Request feedback -Always have a Q&A portion at the end of your presentation so you’ll know if they were able to digest your speech or presentation.

To know more on how you can determine your audience’s reactions and be able to adapt on the spot during your presentation, please visit this link:  HOW DO YOU ADAPT YOUR PRESENTATION ON-THE-SPOT?

 

Malala Yousafzai’s Speech Considered to be the Best Speech of 2013

Malala YousafzaiMalala Yousafzai is a young 16 year old lady who addressed the United Nation with a speech considered to be the best speech of 2013. Unfortunately, she was shot in the head in Pakistan less than a year ago because of her outspoken nature and because she wanted to learn. This inspired the world to create an  inspirational advocate for global education.

Malala Yousafzai is touted to be a great global communicator and below are just 6 of the lessons we can all learn from her speech.

  • Practice – She was not “winging it.” She practiced the speech countless times and it showed.
  • Preparation – Malala knew this was her opportunity to deliver a powerful message, and prepared with that in mind.
  • Message Development – There was no mistaking what Malala’s message was. It was not buried in facts, details or statistics. It was relevant, actionable, repeatable, enduring and relevant. (The RARER method)
  • Call to Action – In fact, several direct calls to action. “We call upon ..” was the beginning of six sentences.
  • Pausing – there was no dis-fluency in Malala’s address. None. Why? Malala employed strategic pausing that helped to root out dis-fluency, and also added to the power of her delivery. Key pauses were employed throughout.
  • “Chunking” – Malala was delivering from a written document (I am unsure if it was a prepared text, or notes), but only spoke while looking down once. Instead, she looked down at her written document, captured a “chunk” of what came next, paused, looked up, and delivered it.

To find out more about Malala’s speech and the lessons we can learn from her speech, please head to:  12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013: Malala and Public Speaking 

 

Words You Should Never Use When Starting a Sentence

stopThese words listed below are stop words that can sound pretty catchy at first but have the potential of being annoying when done over and over especially when delivering a speech or presentation. So take note of these and try to eradicate them from your vocabulary.

1. So…

2. OK. So…

3. Alright, so…

4. Alright…

5. OK.

6. No offense, but…

7. I think…

8. I feel…

9. Ahem…

10. Just…

Do you have any other stop words you would like to add to this list?

For more insight on this matter, please head to: OK, SO NEVER START A SENTENCE WITH THESE 10 WORDS…

Improve Your Eye Contact When Presenting: 12 Tips

1163675863Ew2y53Eye contact is essential in communication. We do it daily and naturally when conversing with family and friends. But the moment we speak in front of a large crwod, we seem to forget how. Below are 12 tips you can use to make sure that you maintain good and proper eye contact when speaking in front of many people.

  1. Prepare better.
  2. Avoid eye crutches.
  3. Warm up early to the audience.
  4. Keep the lights on.
  5. Ensure clear sight lines.
  6. Get closer to audience members.
  7. Express emotion with your eyes.
  8. Ensure eye contact as you deliver all critical lines.
  9. Avoid ping-pong.
  10. Sustain eye contact with someone for a few seconds, then move on.
  11. Connect with your audience’s eyes, if possible.
  12. Focus on the audience member during Q&A.

To find out more details on how you can do these tips and produce more and better eye contact, please head to:  Simple Secrets to Improve Your Eye Contact

 

 

How to give a better speech – 3 Tips

female-speaker-28119342You’ve probably heard of these tips before but when it comes to public speaking, it’s always good to learn from the experience of the more seasoned ones. Below are three tried and tested tips you can apply to your next speech, presentation or public speaking stint:

Start Strong:

You have to control how you want to get introduced. First impressions do last and how you come across your audience when you get introduced can color the way your audiences see you when you give your talk.

Your Style Says A Lot About You:

Balance the way you want to project yourself as a professional credible speaker. You’d want to be true to your personal style but at the same time project a trustworthy personality on stage.

It’s Homework Time:

Know your audience so you’d know what they want to learn from you.

For more insight on this matter, please head to:  3 Tips To Transform Your Next Speech Into An Experience For Your Audience

 

Why do you need to practice as a speaker?

We all know that practice makes perfect. But here are 7 reasons to give you a better and clearer understanding of why it is crucial and essential for speakers to practice, practice and keep practicing.

Look like you didn’t need practice – Yup, the more you practice your presentation or speech, the more flawless and relaxed you’ll look on stage. And when you look very natural on stage, the more your audience will focus on what you have to say than how you act or sound like in front of them.

Remember more of what you wanted to say – By practicing your speech, the less likely your mind will go blank on stage.

Roll with the punches – Experiencing technical difficulties won’t be much of a problem if you know your speech by heart.

Work out your stumbles ahead of time – If there are phrases, sentences or sentiments that you are not confident in sharing to your audience, you will get better at it in time or you can change it in advance and avoid acting awkward about it in front of your audience.

Try a new speaking skill with lower risk – If you’re going to talk about a topic that is entirely new to you, with practice, you will minimize mistakes and even sound like you’re already an expert at it.

Build a stronger structure for your speech or presentation – By practicing your speech, you have more time to plan   a more engaging speech from start to finish.

Hit those grace notes – Through practice, you can take your speech from good to great.

For more insights about this, please head to: From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices