7 Points on How to Get the Right Seasoning for Your Speech
The words that you use are like intellectual food for your audience. The content is the main dish. You have already cooked something up, but the way you present it to your guests will make a big difference in how it is received. How you present your speech, on which dish or fine silver platter, and with which sauce or seasoning you put on top, is for you to decide and make excellent. Here are a few flavorful recommendations.
- Be energetic! Whatever you say, say it with enthusiasm. Did you know that body language conveys 55% of what comes out of your mouth, and 38% comes from your tone of voice? Body language and tone will reflect your attitude, so get excited before you go out to talk! Listen to your favorite tune, do a few jumping jacks, dance… get yourself pumped up ‘cause it’s showtime! Your enthusiasm adds seasoning to everything that comes out of your mouth. If you forget everything else, remember your attitude gives salt to your speech. No one likes bland food, so be sure to present delicious words to the audience. They may not remember exactly what you said, but they will certainly remember how you said it and how good you made it taste.
…only when you have mastered this point, will the others make a difference.
- Apply active adjectives. Is it glorious, zealous, verdant, tough, flashy or something else? Shine the spotlight on your subject. A vivid description will put the audience in the midst of your story. Think about this as your choice of plate you present your content. Is it made of fancy porcelain or paper? Your audience will notice.
- Pause. Want to make something stand out or have particular importance? Just a few seconds of silence will draw your audience’s attention to whatever you’ve just said and make them think about it, again. When you are eating really good food you want to enjoy it; stop and savor it. Let your audience savor the flavor you present, your pause will let them consider it.
- Illustrate with Metaphors. “A river of people flooded the auditorium” already paints a better picture then saying “there were lots of people.” Metaphors are not only useful tools to illustrate, persuade, or explain complex topics, but they also remain stored in the long-term memory of the brain. Images generated in the mind are like a full-screen movie theater playing in your head. Use it to your advantage! Imagine this to be the menu of the food you are serving. You want guests to relish in the thought of your char-grilled filet mignon with blue cheese and a cabernet demi glaze, rather than just fish.
- Ask rhetorical questions. Sometimes the best way to engage your audience is by asking them rhetorical questions. This is a great way to get your audience to think actively and participate in your speech. A cook may, for example, ask how the food is and give a few comments on the spices used. Perhaps you’re guests didn’t realize that the ingredient was cinnamon. Throwing out questions invites the audience to agree with you, helps establish confidence with them and builds creditability. Questions also help emphasize statements or highlight convergent or divergent thoughts.
- Include your audience. Consider, you are the cook, but the audience is not there for you, but rather to taste the food. As such, don’t use “I,” but, “we…can conclude that.” Including your audience helps them identify with your speech and allows them to draw conclusions with you. This speech isn’t about showing your audience how intelligent you are. Rather, it is an opportunity for you to guide the audience to a conclusion and teach them something new so they will leave with the impression that your speech was worth their invested time. If you do this well, they will remember you.
- Quote. Short quotations that support your arguments will make you brilliant. Building on the knowledge of other “cooks” like known authors, scientists or theories can add to what you are trying to convey, support your credibility and reinforce your ideas. It may also summarize your claims and add variety to your speech. For free quote templates on business, customer service, innovation, sales, marketing, and many more topics see http://www.presentationload.com/quotes/