Great speeches like a beautiful picture have many attributes in common; a strong opening, a compelling story, a magic moment and a memorable closing. They start strong. Some “break the ice” with humor. Others prefer a powerful statement. History has shown, the stronger your first impression, the easier it is to keep your audience’s attention from your beginning to the end.
- All speeches must have a rhythm to convey your message. Speakers should use a mix of short and long sentences to communicate that message.
- Clear and concise language makes it easier for your audience to understanding the story and go with the flow of the speech.
- All sentences should be short enough for delivery within one breath.
- The words used to communicate each sentence should be rich with imagery and emotion to take your audience on a journey into the heart of the story.
Total Body language matters as much as the spoken word. Use body language to move the story forward. Audiences can subconsciously notice even the smallest body movements that are not coordinated with the spoken word. Your smiles and eye contact can go a long way to convey your message. Speakers should practice the delivery of their first smile or first words to establish a connection with your audience. When audiences like you, they are more inclined to believe you.
Great speeches should all have a magic moment; a memorable event that recalls some detail of your speech. The positioning of your “Magic Moment” is also very important. It should be the highlight of your speech. It should appear to be natural and not over-rehearsed or disconnect to your message. Your speech should flow like a conversation with each sentence perfectly crafted for your audience. Nonverbal communication you receive from your audience should flow like a silent conversation between you and your audience.
Speakers should strive to allow their speech to feel like a personal invitation for each member of your audience to participate. It should capture their attention while validating your message with looks or smiles. If you can achieve all of these qualities while thoroughly entertaining your audience, you will have a great speech worthy of being delivered to audiences for all occasions.