How to organize your speech? Speech structure: Opening, body, conclusionSpeech structure
How to structure your speeches and presentations
How do you organize your speeches and presentations? In this article you will find the simplest structure already taught at school level. It is still taught because it still works.
This is the most simple structure taught at school level. It is still taught because it is easily constructed and works. Like any good story, your speech or presentation needs a clear beginning and a clear ending.
By giving your speech a beginning, a middle and an end, you lay the foundation for a successful speech that meets the expectations of the audience.
Attract the attention of your audience by creating an interesting opening that attracts the attention of the audience. The first minute of your speech is probably the most important. Captivate your audience. This can be achieved in several ways. You could ask a thought-provoking question. Or make an interesting or controversial statement. Or recite a corresponding quote. Awaken your audience and amaze them.
Give your audience a sense of why the subject of your speech is relevant or important to them, prepare the stage and the audience for the main ideas of the upcoming speech.
Deliver a single, clear, identifiable thesis in a way that is as concrete, specific and precise as possible. Give your audience a preview of upcoming ideas. If necessary, tell them how you organize the speech. This makes it easier for your audience to follow.
Once you have attracted and prepared the audience’s attention, your speech can move seamlessly into the body of your speech.
Communicate a few important points. Organize the point so that related points follow each other so that each point builds on the previous one. This will give your speech a more logical development and make it easier for the audience to listen.
Don’t overwhelm your audience with too many details. It is better to focus on a few points than to have too many points, none of which have an effect.
Then find a good conclusion to the speech. The conclusion of your speech must include some of your strongest materials. Speeches and presentations should end with a bang.
- Summarize the key messages of your speech.
- Provide some further input your audience will think about.
- End with a final insight.
- Be emotional.
- Leave your audience with positive memories of your speech.
- Repeat your core message.
Yes, there are much more effective speech structures for your next speech or presentation. Advanced speech structures help you make a powerful impression on your audience.