You may be called upon at least once in your life to give a talk or presentation in your community, lead a meeting or deliver a lecture.
As our focus today will be on how to give a Ted talk, venturing a bit into the Ted background may help us understand what it entails.Continue reading
There are occasions when you may be asked to say a few words to commemorate an event or a person. Giving a speech at such an occasion, especially if the mood is festive, would not only be entirely unwelcome and a bore but also not appropriate for the context.
So, what can you do? Give a toast of course!
By definition, proposing a toast involves wishing a person or people future success, happiness and health and asking others to raise their glasses and join in a drink.
Toasts are diverse in that they can be given at retirement parties, awards dinners, weddings, birthdays, thanksgiving ceremonies and engagement parties, among others.
They can be made over festive beverages such as wine, sparkling cider or champagne, as well as any other beverages.
If you are ever called upon to share a few words to add a personal touch to any social gathering, here are a few tips to help you propose a toast that will not only mark the special occasion but also be memorable.Continue reading
When you introduce yourself at the start of a presentation, it’s the first opportunity that audience members have to meet you formally. So, you should give them the best impression that you can.
It’s critical, at this point, to establish a strong connection with participants that will encourage them to hear you out.
Audiences are known to judge a speaker quite quickly!
The moment you open your mouth, they’re deciding whether they’re going to like what you have to say or if there’s something else they’re rather spend their evening doing.
If it’s the latter, they’ll look for a chance to make a speedy exit as unobtrusively as possible – like when the lights dim so that you can show your first slide, for example.
Here’s how to woo watchers and keep them in their seats with an effective personal introduction.Continue reading
Have you every been thoroughly entertained by someone giving a humorous speech? Maybe you enjoy watching stand-up comedians on stage.
Laughter is a definite stress reliever – one of the best medicines, as the saying goes!
People love to laugh. Whether it’s improv, observational, word play, dark humour or something else, there are may ways to see levity in the world we live in.
And, there are many ways to deliver a funny presentation.
In Toastmasters, learning how to give a humorous speech is going to be one of the most gratifying adventures you’ll have as a member.
So, take heart, even if you’re not a natural, you can be that person on stage getting the laughs!
Let’s get started by looking at the prep work.
There’s no feeling like it, and you’ll be hooked!Continue reading
Let’s say you got nominated for an award and now you have to give an acceptance speech. It’s pretty important to give a good speech, no matter what you’re being awarded for. Looking good doesn’t hurt either!
So, how do you give a good acceptance speech for your award? First off, you should ask yourself what message you would like to convey to your audience.
Generally, an acceptance speech provides the speaker with an opportunity to not only thank the individuals who helped you win the award but also highlight ideas and issues that you care about and even inspire people to do something even bigger.
Which is why it’s important that you don’t mess up.
Writing a good speech, any kind of speech, requires a lot of time and preparation, in order to ensure that you are well prepared and have included any important details that you would prefer to not leave out.
Here are a few practical tips on how you can draw up your award acceptance speech.Continue reading
Any person can give a speech, which means it’s not hard, right? Technically, it isn’t hard, but, to give a good speech, you need to not only have a general understanding of your audience and your environment but also master the skill of speech-giving to ensure that your speech is effective in relaying your message.
To do this, you will need to learn more about the different types of speeches that exist and in what context each is used. This will help you choose the right speech type that works for you as well as the one that fits the message that you want to put across to your audience.Continue reading
Depending on one’s life and activities, we all have tasks that should be completed every single day, no matter how mundane or difficult they may be. But what if there are tasks that you are required to carry out but have no clue how to? This is where demonstrative speeches come in.
These are basically “how to” speeches that outline and elaborate different ways to complete a particular task. These informative speeches are very common, especially in high school and college and are also very necessary in environments that require training, such as the corporate world.
Demonstrative speeches usually give a step-by-step process on how to do a specific task, which is then followed up with explanations and any additional information that may be needed to carry out that task. Having some visual aids that help demonstrate the steps required to achieve the task also goes a long way in providing context to your audience.Continue reading
You have been chosen to give a speech on a particular topic and you reckon that you’re a good speech writer. However, without a good speech outline, your speech lacks the proper skeleton to put meat on. See, a speech outline is to a speech what a blueprint is to an unconstructed building.
So, how do you develop a good speech outline? First, break it down into small steps as this will make it easier for you to prioritize your ideas and organize them in the right order before you add more details to them.
Below are steps that will enable you to write an effective speech outline for your presentation.Continue reading
You probably are a good speaker who writes good content.
However, not having your speech structured properly may make it hard for your audience to not only understand each point you are trying to put across but also the gist of your whole speech.
A well-structured speech not only prevents your audience from getting lost but also assists your audience in understanding your message.
Without a proper structure, your speech will have no sense of direction, which will leave your audience scattered on the main points you would like to put across.
Note: Research has shown that audiences tend to retain structured information 40% more precisely than unstructured information.
To begin with, you first need to draw up a speech outline.Continue reading