Do you have a system to start your speech?
Many speakers start with the trivialities and thank you's. There is nothing wrong with saying thanks to the people that brought you in to speak. However, there are too many “Worn-out Welcome's” that speakers use that have been heard before.
Here is what happens when you start your speech the way that everyone else does: Your audience thinks “Okay, I have a few minutes before the speaker really starts their speech...let me (check my phone, run to the bathroom, whisper to my neighbor etc) for a few minutes.”
This happens all too often. Here's the good news – if you see something often, and you choose to do something differently, you will immediately stand out. And be remembered...
Here are 3 steps to note to start your speeches so that you will be unique, and memorable.
“I'll be back!”
“Consider that a divorce!”
“Hasta la Vista, baby!”
Recognize these lines? These are from Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies, “The Terminator”, “Total Recall” and “Terminator 2” respectively.
Schwarzenegger is so known for these funny (some may say cheesy) lines in many of his movies, that you can find numerous sites with his “Top 10 One-Liners” with a simple Google search.
I recently read his biography, “Total Recall”, and though it was a long read, it was very interesting.
You've probably seen it... the Speaker that talks about themselves...to the DISMAY of their audience. The one thing that many speakers still haven't figured out, is that you can talk about your accomplishments, without seeming arrogant or conceited...
“Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win.” (Bobby Knight)
What deters most people in the pursuit of their goals and desires is rarely what they actually have to do. It is the preparation before doing what they have to do. Most people are lazy. They want the success without the sweat.
Before you speak, you probably know that you need to write your speech, practice, and prepare before hand. However, there are steps that you can take on the day of your talk, just before you speak, that will prepare you for an even better result. These 5 steps are simple, yet they can make the difference between appearing polished and professional, as opposed to appearing unenergized and disconnected.
Follow these 5 “Prep Steps” before you speak, and you will notice an immediate upgrade to your talks.
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.