How to Become a Better Speaker
Like many things speaking is a learned skill and breaking down the process of public speaking will help any speaker improve.
Learn from Great Speakers
Some speeches have stood out and have been influential through extended periods of time. Great speeches are the result of great speech techniques.
Professor Hale demonstrates great techniques by giving examples from great speeches, many of which can be found online, providing us the ability to hear these great examples as we learn principles that make them great.
Key Components of great Speeches
Practice – A great speech is more than great writing and must be practiced many times, practiced in a way as similar to the circumstances of the actual presentation as possible.
Finding your humorous voice – Finding humor does not mean we need to become comedians, but it is possible for everyone to find some humor in most any topic.
Make a Story – The spoken and oral tradition has lasted much longer than the written one, and an oral tradition has conditioned us to learn from stories.
Most any topic can be made into a story and the more it is, the more it will be remembered.
The power of three – Three is the shortest number that can be a list and a list of three has power, has punch, and will improve speeches.
Build a Logical Case – Logic is one of the components of a great speech, not the only element, but a necessary one.
Paint Pictures in Words – We learn through imagery, linking new concepts to old ones we can envision.
Words can paint a picture like music can tell a story, and one tool is the use of analogy.
Share a Vision – A vision, hope, and a picture of a better situation is very attractive and showing how action can lead to an audience’s better tomorrow will improve many speeches.