How would you like to improve the odds of people remembering your main points when speaking. Meaningful gestures with the appropriate vocal emphasis allow your message to be absorbed at 3 difference levels.
The words you used are heard by the ears. With the right emphasis in vocal variety gives a rhythm and with the right gesture provides visual impact. In John Medina’s book “Brian Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.” he emphasizes how vision trumpets all the other senses. That is why having a repertoire of gesture to show what you are saying is so important.
When you have the words crafted in harmony with the voice you are easier to listen to, and when you bring the right body movement you will be remembered.
One facet of speaking many new speakers forget to think about is their introduction. For many it is usually done at the last second on a scrap piece of paper or the worst case scenario is when the speaker tells the Master of Ceremonies just to think of something and say a few words. What the MC says about you and your speech helps the audience form an opinion of you and your content even before you get on stage. It is critical that you write your own introduction. Take the time to craft an introduction that truly lets the audience know you and what you are going to speak be about. Make it memorable and just the right length. What I mean about the right length is that this is not the time to write a book. I prefer to write something that is short, sweet and catchy. I will make 2 copies, one copy for the MC and a backup copy and I will make the font size large enough to be read 2-3 feet away.
Introductions are not speeches but they can help pave the way for a great speech!