Thursday, July 1, 2021

What Makes a Good Speech and Update 13

Public speakers, take note. To make a good speech, all you’ll ever need is a clear, relevant message and a couple of great stories to illustrate it. 

Forget fancy PowerPoint presentations and loads of data. Instead, keep your speech straightforward by having a clear beginning, middle and end. Fixate on one theme, and eliminate everything else. Speeches, especially long-winded and meandering ones are an inefficient form of communication. 

People don’t remember much of what they hear – so stay focused and keep it simple. 

Ditch the thank-yous, and jump right in. People often make the mistake of starting speeches by thanking the introducer or expressing their happiness at being there. 

“Instead, jump right in with a framing story that suggests what the topic is without giving it all away, a statistic, a question or some kind of interaction with the audience”, says Nick Morgan, the president of Public Words, Inc., and author of Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma. 

He says that if you know what your speech is about – and it should be about one thing – you should have an easy time deciding on an opening. Get right into the discourse and let the audience know what your talk is about. 

Use body language that makes you appear comfortable. If you show signs of nervousness, like crossing your arms, or clutching your hands in front of your stomach, your audience will sense your trepidation and be less open to your message. 

“You have to pretend that you’re having a good time and are open to that audience so that they can have a good time and be open back to you”, says Morgan. “Successful public speaking is all about passion and emotion. If you’re excited, then your audience will be, too”. 

Of course, a public speaker knows that a speech is primarily about the words that you speak – but it becomes even better when you turn it into a performance. 

Why, because it is so much more. It’s inflection, gesture, tension, resolution and suspense. Performers work hard at capturing and keeping an audience’s attention, and words are only one tool in their arsenal. Don’t stop crafting your performance once you’ve written the text of your speech. 

Caution: Please, please, don’t overdramatize your speech! Resist the theatrics. 

Most important, learn to enjoy the experience. The real secret is to love what you’re doing in that moment. If you can be happy about being there, the audience will feel you and be that way, too. 

And here’s my update #13:

And below, we have the list of the Top 25 WSD 2021 videos as at 10:50 AM today – check out our YouTube channel “WSD with CV Plus” – and you can view them all, more so, if you’re into public speaking! 

  • Sanjanaa Kanthan – 2662 views (2347) 
  • Velleny Jivel Jinau – 1833 views (1727) 
  • Karyn Yadlyn – 1337 views (1126) 
  • Christal Wong – 1327 views (1119) 
  • Simon Gibson – 1282 views (1240) 
  • Amirah – 1218 views (1155)
  • Yosshveina Jega Theesan – 1217 views (1206) 
  • Tashvein Jega Theesan – 1195 views (1173) 
  • Vellvie Jivel Jinau – 991 views (936) 
  • Santhy Dewi Pillai – 741 views (631) 
  • Sumithra Devi – 631 views (607) 
  • Joyce Tan – 564 views (539) 
  • Robyn Grace Leo – 554 views (476) 
  • Ooi Mei Ling – 545 views (492) 
  • Annie Tsen – 527 views (526) 
  • Chin Hui Ling – 487 views (357) 
  • Haari Shamundiswary – 477 views (392) 
  • Chong Kai Zhen – 471 views (435) 
  • Vashnavy Ragupathy – 463 views (405) 
  • Thanuja Kunasekaran – 452 views (394) 
  • Janany Ganabatirau – 435 views (433) 
  • Karan Z’vyr – 414 views (347) 
  • Ahmed Tarek Fawzy – 385 views (385) 
  • Mathew Varughese – 375 views (367) 
  • Rohijas Md Sharif – 369 views ( – ) 

[Note: The figures in parentheses indicate the number of views from our last report published twenty-seven days ago. 

Reminder: Please subscribe to the said channel, if you haven’t done so because you’ll be showing your support for CV+ and World Speech Day! And that’ll be kinda cool! 

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