Someone once said…!

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As a speaker our job is to make key points stand out and be heard in the clearest and most concise way possible. One way to make this happen is by the use of quotations. Sometimes it is much easier for an audience to accept a hard truth or a painful reality, if a quotation from a famous person is used. Actually if you have several quotes from different people of importance for that one idea, then many people will look at your idea with fresh eyes. One problem people have with a speaker’s opinion is that they feel it is just an opinion, be it right or wrong. However if you give an opinion and then back it up with quotations from experts sharing that same opinion, now you fall into the expert category. Many people value the opinion of well know individuals and use these opinions for their own benefit. In today’s internet age, finding quotations is extremely easy. You can go to Google and type in your message and add “quotation” and you will find several possible ideas. You can also research books that contain nothing but quotations from many different sources. So do not be afraid of using a quotation. Just spend the time researching them to find the exact quotation for the exact message you want to speak about. Remember to find the correct quotation by the correct person for the ultimate success!

Quotes are to support your point not to make your point!

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The last is first and the first last!!

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One question many new speakers ask is, “What part of my speech or presentation should I start preparing first?”  Should I start with my opening? Or should I start with the body of my presentation first? In my opinion, I believe you should start with the ending of your speech. Most people when they get up in the morning for work have a set time. They know that if they need to be at work by 8AM and if it takes 45-55 minutes to drive through traffic, then they must leave the house at 7AM. If they need to leave the house at 7AM and it takes 45-50 minutes to get ready for work including breakfast and hitting the snooze bar on their alarm, then 6AM is the time to get out of bed. People on their first day of vacation, don’t wake up that morning and wonder where they are going on their vacation. They already know. So when they wake up that morning, they know how to pack, what time to leave the house and where they are going.

The same idea is for your next speech or presentation. You need to ask yourself questions. What do you want your audience to feel after the speech? What do you want your audience to do after your presentation? What course of action will your audience want to take after your speech? You must ask yourself these and other questions. Once you know where you want your audience to go, it is much easier to know how to start the journey.