Speaking confidently: how to write an interesting speech
Writing speeches has been a dilemma for many of us since people have learned to speak. How to catch the audience’s attention, make them take your side, enchant them and let them leave inspired? These things are just as important or even more important than the facts themselves. People won’t forget how you made them feel, writes Forbes, quoting poet Maya Angelou. And that’s often true. So are you ready to stay memorable, be interesting and own new fans? Let’s get started.
Prepare a plan. All superheroes win because they have a plan, and sometimes a plan B. That’s what you have to pick up from them. And this does not only involve a comprehensive structure of your speech, but also a small plan you’d feel comfortable to look at when delivering the speech. Laser rays won’t hurt, too.
Give examples. Every speech needs particular examples and digressions, not just to make the information fuller, but also to give your listeners a break. No one can keep the attention for longer than 20 minutes. That’s a fact. So don’t force them into listening, no matter what happens. Better entertain them a bit and provide some vivid examples to back your facts up.
Summarize if necessary. If your speech is dense in facts and other hard-to-memorize information, you may need to give a summary after a logical part or remind key facts after the main division of the speech.
Go beyond obvious facts. If you are to present personalities, facts, ideas to a wide audience, don’t just repeat Wikipedia. People who came could do this, too. Your goal is to show a bright world behind the facts and to mention the things that will drive your listener’s interest. Ideally, they have to come home and google something that appeared intriguing at the event.
Be friendly. There’s nothing worse than a speech maker who puts her/himself higher than the audience. Even if you’re talking to the kids, don’t be arrogant, as that’s the shortest way to ruin the speech from the beginning.
Think of the ending. Most authors recommend ending strong with a powerful phrase that will carve in people’s minds. But this is not the solution for every time. If the speech is good itself, it may be enough to give a short overview in the end and to offer further sources of information on the topic. The decision, however, depends on the purpose and the topic of a speech. A motivational speech needs a strong chord in the end, while a business or informative one can do perfectly without excessive pathos.
Be yourself. Unless the speech’s cause is very formal, do not go for a highly solemn style. The closer you are to the audience, the better. Just enjoy the moment and think of it positively.
The world of speeches is not stable, it changes together with the social environment, trends, and language. We are here to follow the progress and keep you in the know. Stay tuned! Have a nice speech.