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Speaking Well in Public Is by No Means Accidental

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others but someone who carries water for his people so they can get on with their jobs. - Robert Townsend

Jokes are both a boon and bane to an address. You might know how jokes can complement your speech. But jokes can also cause your speech to be disastrous.

If you are very much in comfort with it, use humor. A funny and great line or an irreverent comment can help liven up your presentation and help people remember the things you have said. Just check it first if it fits, serving as a breaker between sections or emphasizing a certain point. Of course, any joke must be related to the topic that you have in some way. If you are sure about something, you could also use a funny photo or cartoon (with the permission of the photographer or illustrator) in your slides.

Aside from making jokes or humor in your speech, you could improve your public speaking with these other tips.

– You should be able to grab your listener’s attention even right at the start. That is why you must start correcting your confident posture, eloquent speaking style, controlled voice tonality and impact, and an excellent, well-thought speech from you.

– The information in your message should be organized clearly and logically, making it easy for your listeners to follow what you are trying to say. Keep things easy. Highlight the points that you want your audience to remember. Divide the information into smaller blocks and work from there.

– Your most crucial point should be the conclusion, bringing the speech to a close. The decision sets the tone of the address and lets the listeners think about and ponder on the things you have just said. Literary devices, such as quotes, stories, rhetorical questions, or surprising facts, can be used for concluding a speech, although these devices should relate well to the topic of your address.

– Deliver the conclusion that you have clearly and slowly. Keep eye contact with your listeners as you speak. Smile at them, thanking them for the time that they have given you.

It would help if you remembered all these tips, and in time, you will be surprised to see how these techniques have helped you in your future speaking presentations. Your listeners will eventually understand the information you have given them and respect you for your ability to deliver it.

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