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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Speech Critique: Carma’s Humorous Speech

A few weeks ago, I gave my first speech for my current Toastmaster’s club, Speak Out! It was probably the most challenging presentation I’d ever given. The goals of the speech were:

  • Entertain the audience through the use of humor drawn from personal experience and from other material that I had personalized.
  • Deliver the speech in a way that makes the humor effective.
  • Establish personal rapport with my audience for maximum impact.

And I had to do all this in 15 to 20 minutes.

Of course, not to do things the easy way, I added on the additional challenge of making it an “Icebreaker” or introductory speech that helps the club get to know me.

To be honest, I was so nervous that I was seeing blue and purple in the edge of my vision. I was almost afraid that I might faint during my speech.

Thankfully, my public speaking experience took over and I did fairly well. I asked several people if they could tell I was nervous … not a one had noticed. But now that I’ve seen this video, I can pick out my tells. The video is just under 20 minutes … can you find my tells?
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Now is Here

Ric MorganBy Featured Speaker Ric Morgan

It is always Now. Though the future beckons and the past fills up your memories, what you always have, where you always are, is Now. The successes you enjoy are the successes you work to achieve not someday, not once upon a time, but now.

The actions that get taken, and the only ones which have any affect whatsoever, are the actions you take Now.

Though the past may still echo, though the future holds much promise, Now is where you live, Now is the place where you have an influence, Now is the time when you can make things happen.

What are you waiting for? Now is here Now. It is your time to live, to accomplish, to learn, to have fun, to move forward, to laugh, to love, to make a difference? Do it Now and it will get done.

Every opportunity, every possibility that exists, exists Now. Now encompasses a whole universe filled with abundance and energy. You are now. Now is yours. Make it the best it can be.
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Types of Speeches: The Inspirational Speech

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is an inspirational speech?
And how is it different than a motivational speech?

The purpose of an inspirational speech is to inspire and uplift your audience. It is very similar to the motivational speech, which I covered earlier in this series, but has a slightly different intent.
 
An inspirational speech doesn’t need the audience to take action. It’s intention is to create an uplifting emotional experience that leaves the audience feeling inspired. The goal of a motivational speech is to motivate an audience to take a specific action, usually in regards to personal or professional growth.
 
How to inspire
There are several techniques you can use to inspire your audience. Here are just a few. You don’t necessarily want to use all of them at once, just keep them in mind as you develop your inspirational speech.
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So You’re Going to Make a Speech

Patricia FrippBy Featured Speaker Patricia Fripp

What Do I Talk About?

Start by asking yourself three questions:

  1. Who is my audience? (What do I know about the corporate culture or collective personality of the group?)
  2. What do they want or need to know from me?
  3. How long can or should I talk?

Where Do I Get Material?

If you’re going to be addressing a particular group a few weeks from now, keep a small notebook handy to jot down ideas and situations related to your topic and audience. Make a list of what you know that can benefit your them, all the experiences and situations that could serve as good (or bad) examples for others, high points and low points, failures and successes.
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