This is the end…but now what!


One problem with many speech endings is the ending. Many speakers seem to focus their attention on either the opening or the main body of the speech and leave the ending as an afterthought.

One of the important reasons speakers start with the ending in mind first is that it allows you, the speaker, to have a roadmap of where you want your audience to go. Most speakers want their audience to do or feel something when they leave the room. There has to be a plan for this in the main body of the speech. This leads to the ending that you want to happen.

One great way to help the entire speech is to build a map and plan everything from start to finish. Also include in this map what you want your audiences to feel. All of this planning will lead to a great and memorable ending.

Oh dear me! I forgot what you said!

To forget is to be weak!

Have you ever been told a great idea, only to forget it the next day! We have all sat down to listen to a speaker who gives us all these great ideas but then as time passes, we forget most of what we heard. Unfortunately, this is just human nature more importantly self-protection. In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with images and sounds. As a result, the human mind to protect itself from over stimulation forgets most of what we have heard and seen. As a speaker who has spent many hours preparing your speech for your audience, you do not want your audience to forget what you were saying. The easiest technique a speaker can use is to just simply re-emphasize your main talking points. The best place is during your conclusion. It can be done with a story. Or just simply, repeating your main points. The key is make them as memorable as you can. This way the audience may not remember you the speaker but they will remember what you told them.