You know something that has the ability to make people’s lives better. If you can convey it effectively, society (or the business) could become better for it. In an article for Lifehack, Carol Morgan shares comprehensive tips to give it your all in a speech.
An Inspired Performance
When delivering a good speech, you must begin with a hook—whether it is a story that encapsulates the discussion at hand, or simply a statement or statistic that surprises people. As soon as you have established the discussion topic, (which is an important step all by itself) slip in your credentials that illustrate why you are qualified to speak on it. There should be an underlying structure to your speech, centralized around some major points that you are conveying. “Preview” these points for your audience before jumping into the meat of the speech, and also make deft use of transitions when shifting between points. Both of these cue up the audience to absorb new information.
With the conclusion, it may come as no surprise that you should review those key points again. But do end with two things (perhaps two-in-one): a call to action, and a definitive “bang” of a statement, one that signals that it is time to get those hands clapping. You should try to be lively in general throughout the speech, gesturing and emphasizing where appropriate. Do not just read the speech. Give yourself key phrases to trigger your memory and work off of that. In the end, practice will probably dictate whether your speech is a home run or a foul ball.
You can view the original article here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/how-give-inspiring-and-memorable-speech.html