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How to Give an Inspirational Speech in 5 Minutes or Less

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was only 272 words long, and people are still talking about it. If you are looking to tap into that memorability without the use of a civil war, consider these tips from motivational speaker Jody Urquhart. She suggests starting by saying something provocative or striking in the first 10 seconds. It should create drama or excitement. After that, deliver the essential information during the meat of your speech—just the highlights that add up to paint your big picture. In your closing, summarize these points and do so by framing them in an optimistic way. Ultimately though, half the battle will just be delivering your selected information in an exciting way. Developing zest and charisma in your speaking will likely require practice. Watching some examples on YouTube may not hurt either.

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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