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Organizing Your Speech

What A Successful Opening Does
• It gets the audience's attention
• It introduces the topic
• It helps the audience relate to the speaker's message
• It takes five to ten percent of the total speech time

Techniques
• Explain why the topic is important
• Make a surprising statement
• Create suspense or curiosity
• Tell a story or anecdote
• Ask a rhetorical question
• Begin with a quotation
• Refer to the occasion

What A Successful Conclusion Does
• It gives a feeling of closing
• It reviews the main points
• It makes an impact
• It takes five to ten percent of the total speech time

Techniques
• End with a quotation
• Tell a story or anecdote
• Call for action
• Ask a rhetorical question
• Refer to the speech's opening
• Summarize your main points

Suggestions
• Write out your opening and conclusion and memorize them
• Do not introduce new information that you may have forgotten in the speech's body when delivering your conclusion
• End on time


From The Better Speaker Series Beginning Your Speech (Item #270) and Concluding Your Speech (Item #271), available from the Toastmaster Supply Catalog.

Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM/ATM-S/CL
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2002


     
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