You should arrange the information
l Tell em what you said.
logically. Move from basic ideas to more complex
ones, give information chronologically, and try to
take them from known to unknown as smoothly as
possible. Public speeches should be limited to three
or four main ideas that you can expound on. Too
many themes will confuse the audience and make
retention of important ideas more difficult.
Conclusion or Close
In the conclusion or closing portion of your
speech, it is important to summarize the main
points. Also offer a remotivation of some kind to
reinforce the idea that they will benefit from the
information received. The last part of your close
will ask for questions.
Three Ts of Public Speaking
As you read through the introduction, body, and
conclusion parts of a short speech, you can see that
it is designed to do the following:
l Tell em what youre gonna say.
l Tell em.
These are what is known as the three Ts of public
speaking. This simple idea is a great organizational
key for prepared or impromptu speeches.
How you say what you say is just as important as
what you say. Say, what? The idea is that delivery
of your speech is important if you want your
audience to listen, learn, and remember. By using
good personal techniques, effective training aids,
fielding questions professionally, and following some
general public-speaking guidelines, you can ensure
the success of your presentation.
Primary Personal Techniques
The primary personal techniques of public
speaking are voice, eye contact, gestures, and
attitude. Putting them into an anagram, VEGA,
makes it easy to perform your own public-speaking
Vega is the brightest star in the
constellation Lyra. Close attention to VEGA can
make you a public-speaking star, as suggested by
Figure 7-5.VEGA can make you a public-speaking star.