To deliver a great speech what you need is a simple plan

To deliver a great speech what you need is a simple plan
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Let’s face it, creating and delivering a memorable speech requires a great deal of effort. It sure seems as though if we’re going to take the time to do this, we may as well try to make the greatest impact possible. Although you may have read books or seen people talking about how to give a great speech and they made it seem like there were complicated formulas that you needed to follow, it turns out that what you need to do is actually quite simple.

The Secret To A Simple Speech

If we’re going to talk about giving simple speeches, then we should probably have an example to work with. The late Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford University that is available on YouTube. In this speech all he does is tell three stores – and yet the speech has been watched over 18 million times on YouTube. That’s exactly the kind of simple speech that we want to be able to give.

What we need to realize that that our audience is not going to be able to remember much of what we tell them. If we overload them with facts or statistics, they’re just going to walk away being confused. What you are going to need to do is to determine what you want to focus on, and then keep the rest of your speech simple.

When you are creating your speech, you are going to need to find your key message. This is what you want your audience to remember long after your speech is over and done with. Once you know what this is, you then need to find three great stories that will support it. The good thing about this kind of speech is that it will be very easy for you to memorize it. If the stories are your stories, then when you tell them, your emotions will come through and you’ll draw your audience into your speech.

How To Keep Your Speech Simple

Deciding that you are going to give a simple speech is easy. Actually doing it can be quite difficult. What you need is a few simple rules that you can remember while you are delivering your speech that will allow you to keep things simple:

  • Don’t Say Thank You: No matter what your mom taught you, taking time at the start of your speech to thank the people who invited you speak, your parents, the audience, etc. will take away from your speech. Skip the thank you’s and jump right in to your first story that will frame the purpose of your speech.
  • Speak With Your Body: Keep in mind that your body will be telling your audience a speech all by itself. Show your audience that you are open to them and that you are having a good time. Don’t cross your arms or clutch your hands.
  • Good Posture: Stand up straight. No matter where you end up standing on the stage, don’t hunch over. Standing up straight will help you to speak louder and will make you come across as being more self-confident.
  • Practice: We all know that we never do enough of this so take the time to practice everywhere: in the shower, in the car, to small groups, etc. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
  • Own The Room: Take the time to meet members of your audience before you speak. Make sure that there are friendly faces sprinkled throughout your audience that you can focus on while you are giving your speech. This will help you to be less nervous and will make it seem more like you are talking to your audience rather than talking at them.

What All Of This Means For You

Every time we go to the effort of giving a speech, we want to do a great job of it. What this means is that we want our audience to enjoy hearing us speak and remember what we said once we’re done. It turns that that we can make this happen if we can remember to keep our speech simple.

In order to deliver a simple speech, there are 5 techniques that we can use to make sure that we don’t end up making things too complicated. We need to skip the introductory thank you’s, watch our body language, stand up straight, practice, and work the room.

The good news is that creating and delivering a simple speech is that it’s actually pretty simple to do. We just need to make sure that we don’t end up over complicating things. Focus on your main message and the stories that you want to tell and you’ll give a great simple speech!

- Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: As the time that you have to give a speech in grows longer, how can you make sure that your speech remains simple?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

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Music can show a public speaker how to connect with an audience

Music can show a public speaker how to connect with an audience
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What came first: music or the spoken word? I’d say that it would be tough call but they probably both showed up at about the same time. What this means is that we’ve been living with music for at least as long as we’ve been talking. We all know about the importance of public speaking, but music has its own special ability to connect with each and every one of us.

As public speakers we would like to be able to tap into the power of music. What we’d like to be able to do is to discover how music can be so effective and then use that ability in our next speech to connect with each member of our audience. The good news is that this can be done, you just have to understand how music works…

How Music Is Built

  • Rubato: In the world of music, tempo rubato (which is the Italian phrase for “stolen time”) is a musical term that refers to expressive and rhythmic freedom by a slight speeding up and then slowing down of the tempo of a piece at the discretion of the soloist or the conductor. For public speakers, we can use the same concept when we are making a point in our speech. When we reach an important part of what we want to say, we can slow things down and our tone will naturally drop. This will draw attention to what we are saying.
  • Vibrato: When creating music, vibrato is a musical effect that consists of a regular, pulsating change of pitch – holding a note. Singers can use it to add expression to vocal and instrumental music. Public speakers can use this technique when they are telling a story that has an emotional moment in it. When you reach the climax, you can hold that last sound for just a moment longer and even introduce just a bit of a tremble into it. This will convey a great deal of emotion to your audience.
  • Appoggiatura: Appoggiatura comes from the Italian verb appoggiare which means “to lean upon”. This is an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone. Public speakers can add so called “ornamental words” to their speech to boost the flavor of a story that they are telling. An example of this would be “… the snowflakes appeared to be chasing one another as they raced to the ground…” “Chasing” is not required, but adds color to the phrase.
  • What All Of This Means For You

    Music has an almost magical quality to it that allows it to connect with the people who hear it. As public speakers, we would like to discover what makes music so powerful and use this ability in our next speech.

    It turns out that music is built using a variety of different techniques that can be applied to the way that we give speeches. The rubato, vibrato, and appoggiatura are techniques that are used to transform a piece of music into something unforgettable. We can apply these techniques to our speeches.

    The great thing about giving a speech is that we have full access to the benefits of public speaking every time that we give a speech. This means that we can use these three musical techniques to capture the power of music in our next speech. Give it a try and you might just find your audience singing your praises once you’re done talking!

    - Dr. Jim Anderson
    Blue Elephant Consulting –
    Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

    Question For You: Do you think that you should just use one of these techniques or can you use all three in the same speech?

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    Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

    What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

    Let’s face it, creating and delivering a memorable speech requires a great deal of effort. It sure seems as though if we’re going to take the time to do this, we may as well try to make the greatest impact possible. Although you may have read books or seen people talking about how to give a great speech and they made it seem like there were complicated formulas that you needed to follow, it turns out that what you need to do is actually quite simple.

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