Home > Uncategorized > Key Speaking Techniques

Key Speaking Techniques

I just provided 5 key techniques to better speeches and presentations for a publication in Ireland. I thought I would share the same information with you, my loyal readers…

Key techniques for compelling business speeches and presentations are:

  1. Open strong. Use a personal story, a provocative statement, or a witty (yet pertinent) quote. You have about 3 minutes to captivate your audience before they decide you’re not worth their attention.
  2. Close stronger. Last words linger and your close is critical as to whether your message will be taken from the stage into your audiences lives. Just like a movie or play, the close is the most important part of the speech/presentation.
  3. Memorize the open and the close. They are so important, you can’t afford to make mistakes.
  4. Use humor. Not jokes, but “organic: humor that stems from your personal stories. You don’t have to be a comedian; you have to be real and connect with your audience and humor is the most effective way.
  5. Never finish with Q&A. Remember I said last words linger? You have a close, so don’t kill it with questions and answers. Your presentation is then subject to the quality of the questions. Place Q&A just prior to your closing statement.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

  1. April 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Dan
    I could not agree more! Today I’ve attended a product presentation. The company has been bought recently. The last question was: “Why does the product cost 5 times more under the new ownership?”. Of course there ain’t no sensible answer. Now gues what bounces around in the heads of the audience!
    Regards
    Tom, tombisaz.wordpress.com

  2. April 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks, Tom!

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: