4 classic ways to organize your speech

Simply put, there are many ways to organize thoughts, ideas and themes.  Pick an organizational pattern that is right for your presentation.  Here are a few choices:  Sequential/chronological: Does your presentation move through a series of points that can be organized in a...
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Review: The makings of a great speech

This month we’ve been going over the raw materials that you will build a speech or presentation from. These are the elements that you will bring together, like the ingredients in a recipe, and so I’ve been talking about some basic guidelines to consider when you’re beginning to...
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Legal pros breakout: Building your case, part 2

Wrapping up our look at the support materials for legal professionals, here are a few things to consider about citing a case, quoting statutes or legal opinions.   4 unbreakable rules about quoting cases This may be self explanatory but it still has to be mentioned:  There...
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Legal pros breakout: Building your case, part 1

We’ve been focusing in on some things to consider about the materials anyone can use to build a winning presentation, but for the next two posts I want to pay some attention to legal professionals, since support materials are especially important in legal matters. Today,...
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3 rules about adding humor to your speech

My cousin Bobby, he can tell a joke. I envy him. Me, not so much. I can’t always remember the punch line. Which, you might not be surprised, is a joke-killer. So, in my presentations, I don’t start with a joke. If you can tell a joke, however, it can be one of the best ways to...
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Include questions to answer concerns

It goes without saying that a Q&A session occurs at the end of most speeches, unless there are time constrictions. Most speakers welcome a chance to hear how their message went over and clarify any areas of uncertainty. But just as obviously, you don’t usually want that...
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Getting second-person perspectives to build a first-class speech

When you’re gathering material for a your presentation, don’t overlook the potential of quotes, interviews and articles to help support and advance your points. It adds credibility if done well, and can also reinforce your message with a touch of humor, humanity or...
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Find the story that tells your story

Now that we’re going through the different support materials of a great speech, it’s worth breaking out different types of components. (See Tuesday’s post for a full rundown of where we’ll be going and when.) Today I want to put the focus on stories and...
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The makings of a great speech

Just like a culinary masterpiece begins with the best ingredients, crafting a great speech begins with getting the best support material you can and knowing what you can do with it. Even if your planned speech is something anecdotal or casual, you will want to give some real...
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The shortest, best tip for a great speech

When researching and writing your presentation, there are two steps that we’ll be looking at. You’ll need to gather all the raw data – facts, case studies, interviews, background, anecdotes, etc. And you’ll need to establish the most basic structure of your speech. I have found...
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