“I get no respect!”

One great idea for all speakers is to connect their conclusion back to the opening of their speech. One technique is the use of a callback. In comedy, a callback is used extensively. Every joke in comedy consists of a set-up line followed by the punchline. If it is a strong punchline, that line can be used throughout the comedic routine without using any set-up line. Also if you are known by that callback: then the person who introduces you can also use the callback. Two great example of a callback are Rodney Dangerfield’s line, “I get no respect” and his other great line, “I can’t take it no more.”
See the following YouTube link to watch his callback in action;

If in your opening you have a phrase or a single word that resonates with your audience: then this can be your callback. The key to using a callback is building strong set-up lines. Your set up lines must be concise, compact and have to be memorable. Once these lines are said then your callback can be used throughout your speech. callback act as thread tying your speech together. Your callback can also be placed on any of your marketing material or brochures. The key point to remember when using a callback is not to overuse it. Using your callback too many times diminishes its effectiveness. Also remember that sometimes you may get a callback that comes unexpectedly during your speech. This is a great time to use it. You can also use this new callback later in your speeches. As a speaker you can develop a different callback depending on your speech content and intended audiences.


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