Types of Speeches: The Entertaining Speech

The Entertaining SpeechIf 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 entertaining speech?
O.K. Let’s be honest here, entertainment truly is in the eye of the beholder. What one person finds entertaining, another may find duller than dish water. So, you really have to know your audience in order to entertain them.

But what does that mean? What is an entertaining speech?

In the context of this series, an entertaining speech is one whose sole purpose is to have the audience enjoy the presentation. The purpose of an entertaining speech is not to educate, inform or inspire … it is to make the audience smile, relax, enjoy and maybe even laugh their heads off. (Figuratively, of course … real heads falling off would cause a nasty mess!)
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The Power of Storytelling

storytellingStorytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication … and the most powerful. The human mind is hardwired to respond to stories. According to Pamela Brown Rutledge, PhD, MBA, “Our brains still respond to content by looking for the story to make sense out of the experience.”

Therefore, when you use the power of storytelling in your presentations, you are better able to get your core message across to your audience. You are tapping into the human minds natural way of learning and using it to your advantage … and helping your audience understand your message better.

So how do you use stories in your speeches?

  • Share anecdotes with emotional triggers that further your message.
  • Use case studies that illustrate your points.
  • Organize your information so that it has a clear beginning, middle and end.

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