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.
The gathering has had a great time. They’ve celebrated some occasion together with a good meal. And now, they are expected to listen to you give a speech!
An after-dinner talk can be tough. Your audience is sated, which could also mean sleepy. They might want to get up from the table and network, flirt or just go home. So your audience is probably not as supportive of you as they might have been at another time. How do you engage them and make them feel the time spent listening to you was worth it?
Tips for developing an effective after dinner talk
Make your speech a dessert.
Your presentation should be story-based and humorous. You story should be relatable and entertaining. Keep things light and sweet like a parfait.
Keep to the overall theme.
Your presentation should align perfectly with the occasion. If the gathering celebrates a successful season of basketball, then your story should relate to basketball or sports in some way.