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How To Get The Best Results With Your Speeches, Part 1

By Emily Sanders

There are thousands of different speeches that can be arranged to suit the needs and personality of any audience. When it comes to effective public speaking, the best public speaking tip is the simple formula of speech writing based on an introduction, subject matter and conclusion. This formula should always be followed for best results.

Here are the first three easy public speaking tips you'll want to follow (you'll discover the last two steps in part two of this article):

Public speaking tip #1 ― The introduction

The introduction should tell something about the subject or purpose of the speech. In the introduction, a humorous story might be related to put the audience in a pleasant and relaxed mood. This said, a speaker will want to carefully select the type of humorous story that the audience may relate to. Another good technique to use during the introduction is to ask questions with the purpose of answering them in the subject matter or main body of the speech. In some cases, the introduction might start with a startling statement that arouses the interest and curiosity of the audience or even shocks them to attention. Generally, the purpose of the introduction is to establish a friendly bond between the speaker and the audience and make both feel at ease and prepared for the message that will follow.

Public speaking tip #2 ― The subject matter

The subject matter or main body of the speech carries the message that the speaker wishes to deliver. Often this message is urgent and imperative. Whether the talk is to be one of serious intent or lightly humorous, it must at all times be interesting and hold the attention of the audience. Essentially, the subject matter should always be delivered with great passion and enthusiasm. Every speaker, regardless of the subject, must consider above all else the means with which to capture the attention of the audience and hold it throughout the entire duration of the speech. The methods for capturing and holding the attention of an audience will vary with the individual speaker, the subject matter and with the type of audience. Audiences differ in intellectual levels, basic interests, geographic locations, as well as in age, gender, culture and their motive for attending the talk.

Public speaking tip #3― The subject matter

The main body or subject matter of the speech should bring out the message in the most effective manner possible, while holding the interest and attention of the audience. Many "tricks of the trade may be used to spark the attention of the audience. These include: humorous stories, historical references, appropriate illustrations via visual aids, comparison with things familiar to the audience. Other similar attention-getting devices include: comparison with everyday and highly successful people, bringing up events or objects which arouse curiosity and whet the intellectual appetite, and constant interaction with the audience.

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