The art of speech presentation
Conventional wisdom says the best speech presentation is not written; it is rewritten. Yet, most speakers present content that falls between a first draft and no preparation at all.
Don’t be like most speakers. Allow yourself the time to edit for focus, clarity, concision, continuity, variety, and impact.
You should begin each speech presentation by being absolutely clear about what you want the audience to do at the end of your talk.
You must have some desire to speak on a subject. If you are uninspired, you will have no conviction in your voice or body language and you will not keep the attention of the audience.
Basic rules of a Speech Presentation
Based on my experience, it takes approximately seven or eight hours to prepare a twenty-minute talk. It takes eight hours for an advertising agency to tape a thirty-second commercial. A rule of thumb among speakers is one hour of preparation for every 1 or 2 minutes of Speech Presentation.
I like to quote Dale Carnegie who says, “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.”
JP. Morgan adds, “A person usually has two reasons for doing something: One that sounds good and a real reason.”
As a speaker with a message to transmit, we need to know as much as possible about the audience.
Principles of a Speech Presentation
- The purpose of a speech is to persuade.
- Perceptions are more powerful than facts.
- There is too much information in our brains.
- People forget fast!
What happens during the Speech Presentation ?
The number one fear for most people is to get up and speak. Once you do this, you will be overcoming a fear you will wonder why you had worried about in the first place. Giving a speech is a sharing of information with others- It feels good to know you have something to talk about people want to hear and learn from.
What is the goal of giving a speech presentation
The objective of a presentation is to make people think, understand other viewpoints and to promote some action to do something. As a presenter, you sell yourself and your ideas.
What will you learn in this course?
This outline is designed to help eliminate fear and gain recognition as a competent speaker. You must first develop the attitude that speaking will give you an opportunity to excel and grow. Also you are in control of yourself and your material and you are prepared. So, you will be a great speaker.
Your goal in speaking to a group is to either inform, persuade or entertain them. To achieve any or all of those objectives, you should know their interests, likes and dislikes. Before you speak to a group of people, you should learn as much about them and their interests as possible. You can can also find information about them and their mood at the beginning and during your speech. You can then tailor your speech to their needs and to better assure a positive reaction from them.
Questions you may have include:
- Why should you find out about the audience?
- How can you find out about the audience?
- What rewards can be gotten from knowing the audience?