The conclusion is the final portion of a speech, and it may be true that the last words heard are the most remembered. In my opinion, the best speeches end with finality and a sense of emotional fulfillment. Conversely, the worst speeches either fade away or end without warning. Again, there are varying opinions on what […]
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Evaluation of the organization of a speaking event, including introduction, body, and conclusion.
The body of a speech is where the speaker relays his or her main ideas. Okay, so the speaker has the audience’s attention. Now what? The speech should have clear sections (called “main points” or “talking points”) that logically flow one to the next. Some subscribe to the “primacy” theory: Start off with the most […]
The introduction of a speech includes the first words and visuals that the audience hears and sees. I believe that an audience will give a speaker about 30 seconds to decided if the speech is worth listening to or not. Therefore, the introduction of the speech should be well-planned and well-practiced, and it should be […]
By the “Organization” part of a speech, I am referring to the elements that make a speech easy to follow. I believe that there are certain “best practices” that can lead to a logical, easy-to-follow speech, and these are fairly easy to teach and evaluate. However, of course, that is completely subjective according to the speech’s audience, […]