The 3 Jobs Of A Good Speech Title

by drjim on March 10, 2015

The Better The Title, The Better The Speech

The Better The Title, The Better The Speech

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Potentially before you even get up before your next audience, despite the importance of public speaking, they will have made up their minds as to if they want to spend any time listening to what you have to say. I know that this sounds dreadfully unfair; however, that’s just the way that life is. Your audience will have reached their conclusion when they learned what the title of your speech is. Perhaps we should spend some time talking about how to create great speech titles.

3 Things That Your Speech Title Should Do For You

The good news is that if you can figure out how to create a great speech title then by the time that you take the stage, your audience will already be warmed up – they are going to want to hear what you have to say. However, if you want to have any chance of making this happen then you’re going to have to learn what it takes to make a great speech title.

Every title will be different because, after all, they are designed to go along with the speech that you’ll be giving. However, every speech title that you create must create anticipation in your next audience. What you are going to want to do is to get your speech title to work for you. You are going to want to have made your audience decide that they really want to hear what you have to say.

The next thing that your title has to do is to lead the way. It has to provide your audience will a clear understanding of what’s up ahead. You want to prepare your audience for your speech long before you actually deliver it. What you ultimately want your speech title to answer is the age old question that your audience will be asking themselves: “What’s in it for me?”

Finally, your speech title has to prove to your audience that you are enthusiastic about the topic that you’ll speaking on. By taking the time to create a memorable title that captures the true spirit of your speech, you’ll be showing your audience that you are going to be excited to present to them and that they are in for a real treat. We’ve all had to sit through our share of boring speeches, make sure that your next speech’s title tells your audience that this speech won’t be one of them!

What All Of This Means For You

Long before your next speech starts, the game will be over. Your audience will have made up their mind about both you and your speech based on your speech’s title no matter what the benefits of public speaking might be. What this means for you is that you need to take the time to master the three skills that you’ll need in order to create a great speech title.

You are going to have to make sure that your speech title creates anticipation in your audience. It will have to clearly communicate to your audience what your speech will be about. Finally, the title of your speech is going to have to show your audience that you are excited about your speech.

The good news about creating a great title for your next speech is that it will actually do a lot of the work that is necessary to give a great speech for you. Your audience will be warmed up and ready to listen to your every word. Take the time to craft a speech title that will ensure that you have success the next time that you give a speech!

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

Question For You: How long do you think that a speech title should be?

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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

If you are like most of us, the next time that you are asked to give a speech, because of the importance of public speaking you’ll probably spend a considerable amount of time working on the speech. You’ll consider your audience, pick your words, and attempt to craft a speech that will capture their attention and allow you to get your point across. Oh, and then when you have it all put together you’ll remember at the last moment that you need a title for your speech, you’ll quickly think something up, and the poof you’re done. However, does your speech title match your speech?

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