How to Make a Simple Speech Great

viewImageThere are as many types of  speeches as there are reasons for writing them.  Some will make you laugh. Others will prod you to action.  A good number will make you reflect. I hear speeches on a regular basis.  I have trained speakers and learned many pointers along the way. My experience as a trainer and speaker has made me more adept at crafting the right speech. However, it is my experience as a listener that has led me to a better understanding of the secrets that make even the simplest speeches great.

First is your connected-ness to your listeners. You should be able to identify your audience at the onset.  When their concerns and position matter to you, you will be able to convey a message that is meaningful to them.  That is when your speech becomes substantial, and you truly connect.

TAKE NOTE: Failure to consider WHO your listeners are may  keep you from employing the right tone, the right stance, and even the right message.

Second and just as important is clarity of purpose.  Your reason for writing and delivering a speech does not matter as much as the clarity of that reason in your heart and your mind.  When you know what you are going to share, your mind will guide you to choose the most appropriate expressions while your heart will glue your ideas so they make sense to you and to your listeners.

TAKE NOTE: Do not bother coming up with some smart-sounding lines unless you have first identified WHY you are delivering your speech.   Your ideas should be so clear to you that you can articulate them even in the absence of adages or quotes.

Third is coherence of thought.   Stick to a theme and integrate relevant details that are manageable and interesting. Do not cram all the stories and details you can think of into one speech.  Coherence requires that you identify WHAT  dimension of yourself  and aspect of your subject will be delivered at any given time.

The rule of thumb: If you are confused which title to assign to your speech, it is time to trim the details.

Remember these tips in the order they are given:  WHO, WHY, WHAT.  It cannot be the other way around.  Have fun in delivering your next speech.  I am sure it will be great!


Sheila Viesca is the TalkShop CEO.  She is a communication guru and personal effectiveness coach who pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs. She trains key executives and teams from the top 1000 corporations and engages her audience with her fun and practical lessons and speeches.



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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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