Learn How to Prepare a Speech from the 2014 Toastmasters International Word Champion of Public Speaking, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi.
Dananjaya certainly knows how to deliver a great speech.
Check out the below video for learning how he prepares for his award-winning presentations.
Here is the Summary for the Three Keys to a Great Speech:
1. Have a very concise message that the audience can remember as well as recall it. You should be able to write your message in 10 words or less.
2. Have an attention-grabbing opening. It is now the responsibility of the speaker to hold the audience’s attention. Tell an interesting story. Use an anecdote or ask a rhetorical. Or you could frame a problem that is relevant to the audience in the form of a story so that the audience knows as to why they should listen to your speech. Frame the central problem in that first 45 seconds.
3. End the speech in a “high”. A lot of speakers plateau and end in a “low”. When you are peaking, have a cold stop. This leaves the audience wanting more.
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