The unusual approach!

Left or Right where will I take them!

Left or Right where will I take them!

What makes comedy routines funny is quite simple. The comedic by his routine has the audience expecting one punch line but at the last second gives them a different punch line. In Hollywood, major film directors do something very similar all the time. You are watching a film expecting the ending to be a standard version A and then you see a totally unexpected ending version B. This will cause most people to remember the entire film, be it good or bad.
All speech writers could use that same approach in the writing of their speeches. One great benefit that you can give to an audience is when you approach a subject from a different point of view. There are the standard approaches to a particular subject that everyone expects. Of course, this in turn automatically causes people to think a certain way. However, if you approach the subject from a different or very unusual way, most audiences are forced to stop and rethink that subject. They still may come to the same conclusion but you have forced them to reevaluate their stance. There is an old saying: “Who you are is because of what you know. You change what you know. You change who you are.”
I believe that when you start thinking about different approaches to your speech, you start to learn more about your topic. This forces you to do more research and gather more information. As you gain more in-depth perspective, this may even change your approach to the subject matter. An unusual approach can, at the very least, give an exciting and an informative time for your audience. It will also make you a better and more accomplished speaker. This is maybe the reason why you are reading this blog!

Making it upbeat!

Says it all!

Says it all!

There are many ways to end your speech, presentation or even an entire training day.  When you do any form of research, experts will tell you all sorts of different methods. They say you should always end with a story. Or they may say that leaving your audience with a quote is the best. Of course you always hear that issuing a challenge to your audience is the best course of action. It is funny though, no one ever suggests ending your speech in an upbeat fashion. It almost sounds that you should be serious and very business oriented. Now I know that there are many issues that need to be address are very serious in their nature.  There are many topics that telling a joke is not something you should do.

However, I argue that having an upbeat message or story is a great way to have your audience remember what you told them. People instinctively hate a negative or serious attitude from other people. People are drawn to happy and upbeat messages. So when you are planning the conclusion to your next speech, try to encapsulate the message in an upbeat fashion. Or if you are going to present a challenge to the audience, remember that you want them to view the challenge in a positive way. Any message that is positive is always upbeat in nature.  Also, after you have been serious in the main body of your presentation, leaving your audience in an upbeat mood will give your audience the relieve they need and remember.

Any questions….Huh, you want to know what?

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In any presentation, speech or training session, there are many places to look foolish and not very knowledgeable. I have been there, just ask my wife. One segment that can strike fear in the heart of presenters is the question and answer portion of the program. You researched your topic. You prepared your presentation. You prepared your slides. You make your presentation. Then you ask…are there any questions?

The major problem is not the question about your topic but rather it is the question that has nothing to do with what has been presented. This is usually asked by someone who thinks they know more than you do and wants to prove it to everyone else in the room. The worst action you can take with this situation is trying to outdo this person. You should simply just say, “That’s a good question; let me give you my opinion!” Be gracious and let your audience make their own judgment call.

Or maybe the question is about your topic but you have no clue what the answer is. Rule number one is never lie! If you do not know how to answer the question you must say that. When a speaker is bluffing, the audience knows it. If you know that your answer will be long, use this as an excuse to have a follow-up meeting at a later, but keep the your response short and sweet.

Any questions?

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