No doubt, audience’s attention is at its peak in the very beginning of any session, be it a speech, seminar, Webinar or a presentation. And, you definitely intend to retain that interest till the time you are on stage. So, implementing techniques like usage of anecdotes, rhetoric, surprise facts, etc is obvious. But, have you ever thought about the other end of the speech, viz, the closing part.
Have you ever paid consideration into the right approach that will emphasize your message, while making your speech extraordinary? Now, please don’t say that you were planning on raising two or three of those irrelevant questions to boggle the audience’s mind, followed by a plain “Thank You!”, because that’s not enough!
At least if you consider the present day scenario when listeners have become far more thoughtful, then the standard “call to action” approach is neither powerful nor satisfying. Rather, the end should be far more meaningful, summarizing and resolution-oriented. Say for instance, if you have prepared a speech of around 20 minutes, then at least a 2-3 minute conclusion is well deserved to strike the right balance.
That’s not the end yet! Alongside of course planning a concise speech layout, there are other things to be considered for ending your speech with finesse. These are…
Remember, it’s not always about the first impression! Closing on a good note is as important as it is to begin with some exciting words. So, plan a fine ending to ensure that your speech on the whole lives up to audience’s expectations.
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