Tip #20: How to Write a Good Speech Intro – Part 2

You’ve grabbed the audience’s attention and are connecting with the audience. What next?

Speaking Tip #20: Preview the Speech

Give the audience a brief overview of what you will be saying.

You will learn how to set goals in three simple steps.

You will learn why drunk driving is such a problem and what we can do to help.

Consider phrasing the overview in “You” terms, not “I will share” but “You will learn.”

Previewing the speech will help your audience remember it and keep their attention.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Tip #15: Who To Deliver Your Opening Line To

Last week I heard a great tip from Daren Lacroix, the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking

Delivery Tip #15: Deliver your opening line to a person on the back row. You’ll instantly bring the back row into your speech. This will also bring in the rest  of the audience as our eye contact flies over their heads towards the back row. Then we jump into our Figure 8 eye contact pattern or whichever patter you want to use. Combine this public speaking tip with the Hook & Reel Intro and you’ll have a powerful opening.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Tip #12: Have an Emergency Story Ready

Several weeks ago I was 5 minutes into my presentation and the computer with my slides choked. Immediately, the technician jumped into gear to get it fixed. What do you do when this happens to you? Do you have a plan for the future (because it will happen)?

There was an obvious distraction as the technician worked to get it fixed. Instead of skipping the slides entirely, I used the next speaking tip.

Presentation Tip #12: Have Several Emergency Stories to Share at a Moment’s Notice.

I knew that if I kept on my speech road map, I would lose half the audience as they looked at the distraction. Immediately, I jumped into a completely unrelated story. The story grabbed the audience’s attention back, and kept them involved until the power point computer came back online. This “off the cuff” story turned a speech pot hole into a launching pad for a better presentation.

Always carry several emergency stories with you to use during a distraction, technical difficulties, or when you have time to kill on stage.  If they relate to your presentation, all the better. Use this presentation tip, you will appear in control of the situation and it may actually enhance your presentation. This builds trust and credibility with the audience.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Tip #11: What is Your Purpose?

When you deliver a speech, what is your underlining motive and purpose?

Is it to:

1. Get recognition from the audience, please a boss, satisfy a requirement, win a contest?

2. Serve the audience, help them, and give them a good experience?

The first motive  is what motivates most people to get on stage. A work report must be given. There is a Toastmaster Contest. A college class forces participation.

However, once we have committed, our focus needs to quickly switch to the second motive.

Presentation Tip #11: Focus on how you can serve the audience and give them a good experience.

Give to the audience. Think of ways to give them a good experience. Customize your content for them. Entertain them, not yourself.

Walk up with this attitude and your audience will quickly pick up on it.  You’ll likely connect better.  Because you have an attitude of giving, not taking, the audience will often give back in the form of rapt attention, applause, and even a second invite.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Three days ago, I heard the great speech coach Patricia Fripp share a speaking tip to make our presentations deliver more punch.

Presentation Tip #5: Put the most important word or phrase at the end of the sentence.

Compare these two sentences.

Persistence is the secret to reaching your goals.

The secret to reaching your goals is persistence.

The second sentence puts persistence, the power word, at the end. This gives more punch to the sentence. Subtle but effective.

For your next speech consider Patricia Fripp’s advice. Skim through your speech, rearrange sentences, and put the most important word or phrase last.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Tip #3: Why the Audience is Bored

Has the audience ever been bored during your presentation? Unfortunately, there have been many times I have lost the attention of the audience and bored them. Why? Is it the subject, the delivery, the structure, the lack of stories?

Presentation Tip #3: If the audience is bored, the problem is not the subject. It may be you.

Ouch! A good speaker can make any subject interesting. Sure, some subjects are more interesting that others, but you can hold the audience’s attention with any subject. Use effective story-telling techniques. Speak with passion. Speak to one person. Apply other speaking tips.

Do this and you will wake’m up and your message will hit home.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Tip #2: How to Make Your Speech Come to Life

Have you ever heard a speaker give a dead presentation? The speaker sounds bored and the audience is hoping for a fire drill.

Presentation Tip #2: Passion brings any speech and any subject to life.

Deliver a presentation with passion and it will come alive. How can you speak with passion? Choose topics you enjoy.  Focus on how your message will help the audience. Act enthusiastic and passionate. Do this and your presentations will come to life and the audience will be disappointed if interrupted by a fire drill.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Do you portray confidence when you speak?

Presentation Tip #1: Act Confident and you will Look and Feel Confident.

Stand up and walk up to the front with confidence. Have great posture, make eye contact, and smile. Within seconds you will start to feel more confident. You will look more confident to the audience. A confident speaker helps the audience feel at ease.

How do you feel when a speaker is nervously stumbling through their speech. Uncomfortable? Sympathetic? You want the audience to trust in you and feel at ease. This tip will empower you to speak with confidence.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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“Yesterday, I made a stupid mistake.”

What’s going through your mind?
You may be thinking:
“How?”
“What happened?”
“Why?”
Etc.
I just created suspense. You want to know the details. Suspense is the key to being a good storyteller. Suspense keeps our audience on the edge of their seats, desperately wanting to know more.
Don’t forget that suspense is like tension. Its very important we relieve that tension through the story otherwise it will irritate the audience. What was my stupid mistake? I failed to save a Word document before I shut down the computer. Sixty minutes down the drain!
Put suspense into your stories and you will become a very effective at storytelling.

 

 

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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