I remember a dinner many years ago with a celebrity I absolutely love, one whose name you'd know.
It was not what I expected.
This person spent the evening asking about me.
I was flattered, but I came away having learned none of the things I was curious to know about his fascinating life. I was actually a little frustrated -- he was *too* selfless, too kind!
There's a lesson in that for speakers and speechwriters.
When you've been invited to speak, it's because there are things about your life or your knowledge this audience wants to hear. Be gracious, sure, but tell 'em.
Whether it's the whole speech, a morsel to draw them in, or an anecdote to color a larger point, they asked to hear from you. So tell 'em.
Wanna read more? Check out my short essay: https://lnkd.in/gwmQJ76
You'll find a fountain of ways to improve your speech, once you hear it yourself.
Advice for closing a speech in the most effective way possible. Read it all here: https://us6.campaign-archive.com/?u=0609fcd33c658d02090de606f&id=96e0525511
NOBODY'S GONNA PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SPEECH JUST BECAUSE it's important. Listening takes too much effort to do well for long.
Speechwriters must make audiences want to listen. Here are some ideas on how to do that: https://us6.campaign-archive.com/?u=0609fcd33c658d02090de606f&id=7469ec0707
Don't end up with a nasty surprise. Plan ahead for getting the prop on stage, and ensuring they can see it from the back of the hall.
The secret is A-R-T-S. Read how it works by clicking here.