Sara El Kareh
As long as you are at a workplace, you will face times when you have to make a quick speech with no or short prior notice. Even you are a very skilled person in making speeches, this request might be intimidating. In fact, it’s worse than a nightmare for most of us. However, this article includes several tips that can change your mind, and help you create the perfect speech, even when you just have few moments to get ready.
- “Callback Technique”. It is a method that usually comedians use to engage audience. It is based on using words from the situation you are in at the moment and from events that occurred during a particular conversation at that time. It is to base your speech on something the audience can understand. You can make a joke about a funny thing that happened earlier or just shed the light on the evening. This can create a sort of a connection with the audience and will interest them to hear more from you.
- Speak about the main idea of your speech at first. Let the participants understand or have a clear idea about what you are discussing through your speech. In this way, you can acquire more time to think about what you are speaking next. During the introducing part of the speech, you can mentally prepare further details and points you will be discussing later on.
- Address the participants by their name in order to gain these individuals’ attention from one side, and grab the attention of other members in the room who recognize the people you are calling out. In other words, the audience will be more interested since you are showing the personal relationship you have with participants and you are enhancing the bond as considering yourself one of the team.
- It is not useful to memorize acronyms or abbreviations to remind you of the points you want to discuss. You can simply use images that can be reminders of what you are willing to say. Mnemonics are helpful in such cases, since you will only have time to generate ideas, rather than reciting ones.
- An effective way to grab your audience’s attention is to create images in their heads; this can be done by telling stories that force them to be more active and imaginative. Make sure you keep them engaged in your stories so that they will better accept your conclusions and better believe in what you are saying. Stories about good friends retiring, about good colleagues or about interesting experiences will help you bring your speech to life and win the participants’ approval.
- Don’t make a long speech. Be brief; this wins every time. You need to focus only on the main points and support them with lively and related stories of your own.
As mentioned before, even the best public speakers get nervous and worried when asked to make an unexpected speech. Follow above tips and forget about the stress. We all have something to share, stories to tell, and experiences to talk about. It is then the perfect time to let it out and ensure making a stress-free interesting speech.