It's time to choose your own speech adventure. For the past 2 months, I've been publishing the ultimate guide to writing your next speech. No matter where you are in the process, there's an article that will help compel you to connect, create and craft amazing content. If you are just starting out, go through the articles in order as you craft your speech.
Not sure what to talk about? Here's a 4-step process to finding a speech topic that you are passionate about and your audience is going to love.
Before you open your laptop to start working on a presentation – you need to know the purpose of your presentation. Once you know that, it will influence every decision that you make in crafting a great speech.
The big idea is a 10-word declarative sentence stating what you want your audience to know, feel or do as a result of your speech. The big idea statement is the guiding light of your speech. It's what makes your presentation memorable and allows your audience to answer the question, “What was that presentation all about?”
Once you have a topic, know the purpose and have crafted a killer big idea statement, it's time to organize the body of your speech. Here's a 5 step process that will help you!
You never get a second chance to make a first impression as the old Head & Shoulders commercial taught us. This tells you how to start a speech with a win to gain your audience's attention and make a lasting impression.
Don't blow the closing of your presentation. How you conclude is just as important as how you begin. Here's how to end with a great call to action.
Now that you've got all your content mapped out, it's time to avoid the biggest stumbling block in presentations and write great transitions.
Stories that SPARK Your Imagination
Stories engage the mind and connect with your audience's heart. Use the SPARK process to craft awesome stories for your next presentation.
Now that you've worked your way through the guide – you have a great speech. It's never too early to start practicing! Need help practicing? Download the Practical Guide to Practicing Your Presentation in 10-Minutes a Day.