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If you’ve ever given a speech, you’ve probably finished and said, “I wish I would have said…” The key to conquering this is to use a few tips before you begin writing your speech, and after you finish your rough draft you haven’t forgotten key elements or other things you want to say.

  • Determine a writing goal. Ask yourself what response you want and how you want your audience to think, feel, do, or change. Set the framework for a great speech.

The goal of the speech is what you want to tell your audience. What will the main point of your speech to be. Every speech has a purpose. Sometimes it is to inspire and make audiences feel they can do what it is you want them to do. Sometimes it is to have them change their minds or habits. Others, it is simply to learn important information. Whatever it is, setting the frame and goals before you begin writing will help you give a much better speech.

  • Write down your Thesis

Every speech has a central idea. It doesn’t have to be a long one, a short simple one will do. Make it one the audience will have to think about a bit. Let them wonder how you’re going to get them to feel that way, do whatever it is, or learn something that complicated. This will help get them interested in what you have to say.

  • Know the cultural characteristics of your audience

A good presenter will take the time to learn their audience. You need to know who they are, what their main concerns are, and their expectations. What are they expecting you to tell them, and what is the best way to get them to listen to you.

  • Write a good introduction

When you begin your speech, make sure they know who you are, why you’re there, and what they can expect to learn from you. Let them know how what you have to say relates to them and the benefits they will learn from listening to what you have to say. Make them want to listen to you.

  • Have supporting points

You should approach different aspects and views of your subject in the body of your speech. Try to relate to the audience, and make them realize how what you have to say is relevant to them.

  • Establish evidence to strengthen your argument

Here’s where research is important. You can find a lot of information in libraries or online about your topic. Find information you feel your audience won’t know, but will be interested in. Reinforce your message after each supporting point.

  • Interact with your audience

Ask your audience questions that relate to them. They will feel like you’re one of them, and they’ll like it.

  • Use conversational tone

Deliver your speech by heart instead of reading it. It will enhance your presentation, and enable you to make eye-contact.

  • End with a bang

Giving a speech that is well prepared and well given will mean nothing if you don’t end with a bang. Give the audience something to think about that will refer to your thesis. Leave them feeling glad they were there for your presentation.

  • Allow time for a question and answer period. Save a few extra examples to make your message clear.

There you have it. Ten simple tips that will help you give a presentation you will be proud of.


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