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Emergency Speaking Kit:

 
 

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Okay, so you're gearing up to give a speech. Or a presentation. And you're panicking.

Either way, it's really quite easy (once you've practiced). Let's look at 2 areas:

  • Organizing your speech or presentation
  • Using your body to enhance your listener's experience
Organizing your speech or presentation:
Think of a speech as a sandwich. Here are the elements:
  1. Introduction (bread)
  2. 3 Main Points (whatever you're hungry for)
  3. Conclusion (bread)
1. Introduction:
Your introduction breaks the ice and lets you connect your audience with your topic. There are lots of ways to begin your speech.

Connect your audience to the topic of discussion or geographic area. For example:

  • We are gathered here to witness the marriage of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.
  • I was just thinking that if we succeed in wiping out crime, all of you police officers that protect and serve our great city of NeverNeverLand will be out of a job.

Recognize your audience, as in a more formal delivery:

  • Ms. LongName-Hyphenate and members of the board of the directors, I want to thank your wonderful chairman, Joe ShortName, for inviting me to speak before you today. (Segue into topic.)

Begin telling a story:

  • On a hot and humid evening last July 21, in the small rural town called Jackson, the world gave birth to an idea that will change your lives forever.

And the classic, although overused, is to ask a question:

  • Have you ever wondered why stars twinkle? Did you ever stop to think that you seriously might need corrective eyewear?
  • How many of you here (raise your hand and look around at your audience) eat - (pregnant pause) - food?

I suggest you read some of my speeches to get an idea. Humor is always great. Just be careful of telling jokes; they can backfire if you deliver it wrong or if you don't know your audience well. 

 

Are you in a real emergency time crunch?

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in Adobe PDF form here for $19.95

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2. 3 Main Points:
Try to keep to 3. Your audience won't remember more. And you don't want to write more.

Structure each point as follows:

  • Introduce the point. Provide transitions from the previous point (or introduction if it's your first point). "Now let's talk about skydiving without a parachute."
  • Explain the point. "Why would you do that? As a thrill-seeker, you want a greater rush. This definitely provides it."
  • Provide an example. "John tried it last week and had a blast. And the doctors are encouraged by his rapid recovery."
  • Summarize. "So you can see that skydiving without a parachute IS the ultimate extreme sport."
3. Conclusion:
Like the introduction, there are numerous approaches you can use. Here are two:
  • Summarize your 3 points: "Now you thrillseekers have 3 parachuting options: Chute open, chute closed, and no chute."
  • Offer a final thought (known as "takeaway value"): "We do have some challenges in our division. And as you have seen, we are already addressing them with strong, positive measures. I do believe that once we are through the tunnel, our division and our entire company will be much stronger for the experience."
Never thank your audience at the end. They should be thanking you for the privilege of having listened to you.

Once again, I suggest you read some of my speeches to get an idea.

 

Are you in a real emergency time crunch?

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(you'll get quick, effective ideas of real speeches) 

in Adobe PDF form here for $19.95

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Using your body to enhance your listener's experience:
We'll talk about these:
  • eye contact
  • facial expressions
  • hand gestures
  • body movement
  • voice qualities
  • your clothing
Eye Contact:
Here are the extremes: Staring down everyone in the audience. And never looking at anyone.

Your happy medium: Pick 3 people: one on the left, one on the right, and one in the middle. When you deliver a sentence, keep eye contact with one of them. Then move to the next one. Practice this at home or work by picking 3 objects - furniture works well - and imagine that you're looking at your audience and smiling while they smile back.

 

Facial Expressions:
Use your smiles, your frowns, your astonishing surprise, your smirks. Time this to emphasize a point. Comedians are especially talented sources to watch.

 

Hand Gestures:
How big was the fish you caught? "It was (holding up thumb and index finger) THIS big."

Gestures can be used to emphasize points. "First:" (holding up index finger)...

 

Body Movement:
You can use your body to act out portions of your speech or presentation or to emphasize emotion.

You can also use your body to emphasize any of the 3 main body points or major transition points. Think of how TV news anchors turn to a new camera angle when they finish a story and begin a new one. I like to step to the left as I introduce Main Body Point #1, step back to the center to introduce Main Body Point #2, and step to the right to introduce Main Body Point #3. Then I return to the center (neutral) position.

 

Voice Qualities:
You already know that monotone voices will put you and your audience to sleep.

SO! vary your voice:

  • In pitch (low to high)
  • In volume (whisper to create intimacy; shout to declare something strongly)
  • In tone (to reflect moods: happy and sweet to irritable and mad)

 

Your Clothing:
Ever notice how city-slicker politicians running for office will dress somewhat like the audience they address? 11 months in Giorgio Armani and Chanel, then 1 tough month in khakis and jeans, talking to us regular folk while the TV cameras capture them as "one of us." You need to do the same; just be genuine, and don't make promises you know you won't keep.

 

In Conclusion:
Speaking can be a scary experience. You probably know of the surveys that find people would rather die than speak to an audience. And everyone - even the professional - feels the nervous energy. It's just a matter of learning how to direct it.

Now that you understand how to organize your speech, and now that you have some tips on using your body to enhance your speech, it's time to craft your speech and begin practicing.

Goethe said, "Boldness has genius in it. Begin it now."

Begin it now.

(See how easy it is to write a speech conclusion?)

 

 

Are you in a real emergency time crunch?

download this Emergency Speaking Kit

(contains crucial extras not shown on this web page)

and 8 of my speeches: outlined to help you

(you'll get quick, effective ideas of real speeches) 

in Adobe PDF form here for $19.95

Buy and Download: Click here now:

 

I just want the Emergency Speaking Kit for $11.95:

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