To be successful, a speech must be interesting to listen to; it must be able to keep the listener's attention throughout. The listener should feel she/he has enjoyed the experience and benefited. Listeners need to be held by content and delivery. The delivery should enhance the content but no overwhelm it.
- good posture creates a positive visual impression and prevents fatigue
- good posture is not rigid but relaxed
- avoid leaning
- avoid excessive movement it distracts the audience
- a good rule is to stay with in a few feet in all directions
- keep your movement purposeful
- gesture should complement the verbal message and improve comprehension
- consider body language
- use eye contact to establish rapport with audience
- in a large group give the impression that all are included
- be comfortable and relaxed
- practice before a mirror- don't force expressions
- convey the purpose in your introduction- a one sentence thesis statement
- make sure vocabulary is comprehensible
- use jargon sparingly and explain if all don't understand
- illustrate difficult concepts with examples
- avoid too many lengthy sentences
- avoid digressions
- speech should be logical and well-organized
- the pattern is determined in purpose and should follow through to the end
- present points in a sustained pattern without long pauses
- if the pattern of speech is complicated use visual to help audience
- use transitional words and phrases to aid the listener: furthermore, consequently, therefore, in conclusion
- speech should have three clearly defined segments:
The introduction-informs the audience of your objectives and creates expectations
The body contains the main points, ideas, arguments presented logically-the longest part
The conclusion should be brief to review the main points- no new information here
Were the speaker's goals achieved?
Was the material presented in a relaxed, professional manner?
Could the speech be easily heard and understood?
Was time used effectively?
Was the general impression created positive?
Information on this site is authorized for use only by the students of this course.Students have permission to copy any of the content. For copyright information of the linked sites please see the respective authors.
2003 Karen E.Hamilton