By Alan Graner
29 tips for overcoming your fear of public speaking
http://www.dsprel.com/29-tips-overcoming-fear-public-speaking/ gave some nuts and bolts information on speech giving. Here are tips on giving the actual speech. Read the complete articles to find examples of how to use these tips.
Great hooks draw your audience in and grabs their attention. They give you a chance to have a lasting impact.
The type of hooks you use depends, of course, on your audience. Here are 7 popular presentation hooks from the top 100 most-viewed TED talks.
- Stories are the most popular hook. It makes you more relatable.
- Videos and graphics show rather than tell. They are especially helpful if you don’t have a way with words.
- Belief statement. Use a controversial opinion tied to your presentation, even if you know there will be detractors.
- Humor is effective in making the audience feel more comfortable. However, if you’re not good at telling jokes…don’t.
- Rhetorical questions get audiences to participate, even if it’s just mentally.
- Provocative statements state how you feel and incite a major reaction.
- Shock and surprise (not appropriate for all speeches) pique your audience’s interest by making them uncomfortable.
TED Talk Takeaways: 8 Ways to Hook Your Audience
What are the essentials for delivering a powerful speech?
- Answer the question What’s In It For Me (WIIFM) early in your speech to put your audience in the right mindset.
- Establish your overall goal. Often it’s to educate your audience to take action or change behavior.
- Use a framework that logically takes your audience from beginning to end. Think of it as telling a story.
- Read other speeches to find inspiration.
- Practice and test your speech. Don’t be afraid to try things.
Make Better Presentations—The Anatomy of a Good Speech
End your speech with a bang.
- Issue a call to action (if appropriate). Tell them what to do next.
- Tell a very short story or anecdote to drive home your message.
- Ask a rhetorical question that captures your message and leaves your audience thinking.
- Recite a short, powerful, appropriate quote.
Public Speaking: Five Great Ways to End a Speech
Reasons your audience hated your speech:
- Your introduction failed to interest them.
- Your thoughts ran into one long sentence.
- You gave too much technical detail.
- Your delivery was blah.
- You read from your PowerPoint.
Seven Reasons I hated Your Speech
What are your suggestions to a great speech?
Alan Graner is Chief Creative Officer at Daly-Swartz Public Relations, an Orange County, CA business public relations and marketing content firm. For content that makes you stick out from the crowd, email Jeffrey Swartz at email@example.com. Or visit www.dsprel.com.