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03 
Jul

INFORM and ENGAGE

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Structuring the perfect speech.

I don’t want to state the obvious but every speech needs structure.

  • A beginning
  • A middle
  • An end

So let’s break all of that down and consider best practice.

INTRODUCTION
This serves several purposes:

  • To engage an audience and stimulate interest
  • To allow the audience to adjust to your voice and personality

So how can you do this for the best result?  Try any of these options:

  • Link with the audience – devise some common ground with a rhetorical question:
    “How many of you have …………..?”
    “What do you do if ………….?”
  • Make a startling statement:
    “Every second that I talk to you today, four more babies are being born in the world.  By the time I have finished there will be 20,000 more mouths to feed.
  • Quotation:
    This is always a good beginning.  Find something relevant to your business in the Oxford Book of Quotations or any similar publication.
  • Relevant Example:
    Open with a short anecdote or personal experience which prompted your choice of topic.

THE DEVELOPMENT
Serves several purposes:

  • To enlighten by presenting the facts
  • To encompass by involving the audience
  • To enthuse with personality and confidence

There are several ways to develop your subject – here are some of them:

  • Chronological:
    Time sequence speeches are possibly the easiest to construct.  Arrange your main points in a logical order.
  • Spatial:
    A geographical arrangement of material – East to West, outside to inside.
  • Parts of a whole:
    All aspects of your subject must be covered so you may need ‘note’ headings.  N.B.The subject ‘Perception’ may be sub-divided into the 5 senses and extra sensory powers.
  • Cause and Effect:
    A situation is described and the events leading up to it traced.
    OR
    A dramatic event suggested and the consequences discussed.
  • Comparison and Contrast:
    Certain subjects lend themselves to this.  A ‘Training’ focus might contain methods used in the UK compared and contrasted with the USA

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THE CONCLUSION
Leave your audience satisfied and try to help them remember:

  • REITERATE
    Give a brief summary of your main points
  • USE A STATEMENT OR QUESTION
    Self-explanatory.   However, make sure you end on a positive note
  • TELL AN ANECDOTE
    A simple relevant story for them to take away
  • MAKE A HUMEROUS REMARK
    If you think your audience is in the right mood you can send them away with a smile.  This always creates a good atmosphere

So, there you have it.  A potted guide to creating a great Informative Speech.

Enjoy the month, whether you are at work or play and remember…..

Speak wisely

                Speak well

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Published Date: 3rd July 2015
Category: Recent

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