Last year, Carma Spence was invited to speak at the Western Museums Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California, as part of a panel on public speaking. In this excerpt from her part of the presentation, she talks about organizing and opening your speech.
Carma suggests you start with the end goal of your presentation in mind and work backward. Once you know what you want your speech to accomplish … the action you want your audience to take after your presentation … you can create a body that leads your audience toward that goal. Then you can craft an opening that grabs their attention and pulls them into the body of your speech.
There are several ways to open a speech. In this presentation, Carma suggests three of them:
- A thought-provoking question
- A relevant quote or anecdotal story
- A related generalization
Are you looking for a high-content, captivating presenter for your next event, telesummit or teleconference? Carma Spence can engage your event attendees with an educational and inspiring presentation tailored to meet your audience’s needs. To learn more, click here.
Looking for help in organizing your speech?
If you’ve been looking for a simple formula that you can follow to better organize your presentations, this set of templates is for you! These templates are great because:
- They focus you on your message quickly and easily.
- They give you a proven formula for leading your audience from where they are to where you want them to be.
- They are simple and easy to use … just print them out and fill in the blanks as you develop your presentation.