The best messages are conveyed in a short succinct manner. That’s the success mantra for giving impactful speeches. Short is good and along with these cues you can write and give speeches that will remembered and relished.
- When you write your speech, make it dramatic or profound. Include all elements of drama with a gamut of emotions. Draw an emotional curve through your speech. Laugh, laugh, sad or sad sad laugh; visualize your speech as a wave of emotions rather than a plateau of information.
- Try to draw in your audience with regular eye contact. Really look at your audience.
- Merely reading a speech will not create any impact. If you are feeling anxious or nervous you will hold on to the lectern and only read. But in reality this equipment becomes a hurdle in getting to your audience. Step away from the lectern and walk across the stage with mike in hand to really connect with your audience.
- Mind your body language. Stand straight, exude confidence.
- Intersperse your speech with stories or anecdotes that have moral and business lessons.
- Change the pace and volume of your speech. If you speak in a dreary one tone voice, it will make the audience doze off. Punch you speech patterns with short highs and lows.
- Pause for your audience to react when you want them to. Give them time to laugh or clap or simply boo you if they want to. Try to get a reaction periodically in your speech. Nothing too controversial though.
8. Whatever you want to talk about, you ought to have enough facts and figures and loads of passion for that topic. When you really feel about the topic at hand, the emotion reaches your audience and enthralls them.