The 2 most important parts of your Speech:
Your Opening and Your Closing.
For keys on opening your speech, check out my previous post, Master Your Opening.
Let's talk about your closing here. Your last words linger, so make them count. Many a great speech has been ruined by a mediocre end. This makes no sense. To put effort into your whole speech, getting your stories just right, statistics on point, audience interaction A+, then pay no attention to how you end the speech – is a mistake. If nothing else, start with solidifying (and I would suggest memorizing) your opening and closing. The audience will forgive some slip ups and imperfection in your speech, and they will forget anything they didn't like if they like and feel your ending.
Consider these 3 strategies when closing your talk. Of course there are many ways to close a speech. The key is to pay attention to what you want to achieve, and to be deliberate when you deliver the end of your talk.
Some loved it. I wasn't a big fan...
The homework. The information that I regurgitated then forgot. The girls that said “No, I'll pass on a date.”
I don't have a lot of great memories from my days in school. However, school contains many lessons for speakers.
Here are 5.
Kwesi Millington helps speakers, presenters and youth to connect with their audiences and master their messages using the power of storytelling in their speeches & presentations. He is a Certified Public Speaking Coach & Youth Mentor.