Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Speech Body and Update 15

When creating a speech, it’s important to note that speeches have three clear parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. 

The introduction – I’ve already covered “speech openers” in my August 01 post – establishes the topic and whets your audience’s appetite, and the conclusion wraps everything up at the end of your speech. 

The real “content” of a speech happens to be in the body – and this is my focus for this post. Indeed, the speech body holds the main points and they are the key ideas that you present strategically in order that your speech can accomplish its specific purpose. 

I use the word “strategically” because it refers to ascertaining what is essential to the overall purpose of your speech. Too often, new speakers especially throw information together and then stand up and start speaking. When you fail to properly organize your speech, coherence and clarity suffers. And the speech may get lost on your audience. 

All speeches start with a general purpose – whether to inform, to persuade, or to entertain. 

Once the broad goal for creating and delivering the speech has been decided, it moves to a specific purpose, where it reveals to the listener about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the speech. While there is no magic number for how many main points a speech should have, speech experts generally agree that the fewer the number of main points the better. 

For me, I’ll go for just 3 points. [If you know me, I’m a believer in the power of 3. Read my post “3 is the Magic Number” published August 08]. 

The reason comes straight out of the research on listening. According to LeFrancois (1999), people are more likely to remember information that is meaningful, useful, and of interest to them; different or unique; organized; visual; and simple. Indeed, three main points are much easier for listeners to remember than five or seven. 

In addition, if you have three main points, you’ll be able to develop each one with statistics, examples, anecdotes or other forms of support. Including support for each point makes your speech more meaningful and memorable for your audience. 

Generally speaking, shorter speeches will have two main points while longer speeches will generally have three or more main points. 

What’s important when developing your main points is that you make sure that they are separate (make the points clearly distinct from each other), balanced (the points share equal conspicuousness), parallel (the points are similarly structured), and logical (the points make sense in the order you’ve placed them). And of course, ensure the points all fit nicely together. 

So there, you have it! 

Please be advised that there will be just two more updates on this subject of WSD 2021 videos. I'm really pleased that our YouTube channel is getting the eyeballs! 

The Top 25 videos as at 06:30 PM Malaysian time: 

  • Sanjanaa Kanthan – 3034 views (2836) 
  • Karyn Yadlyn – 2561 views (2102) 
  • Velleny Jivel Jinau – 2089 views (1975) 
  • Christal Wong – 1928 views (1539) 
  • Simon Gibson – 1390 views (1312) 
  • Tashvein Jega Theesan – 1351 views (1273) 
  • Karan Z’vyr – 1309 views (1061) 
  • Amirah – 1276 views (1260) 
  • Yosshveina Jega Theesan – 1249 views (1233) 
  • Vellvie Jivel Jinau – 1025 views (1014) 
  • Santhy Dewi Pillai – 1010 views (879) 
  • Sumithra Devi – 957 views (763) 
  • Smyra Z’ryn – 832 views (723) 
  • Chin Hui Ling – 764 views (652) 
  • Robyn Grace Leo – 624 views (603) 
  • Rohijas Md Sharif – 609 views (507) 
  • Haari Shamundiswary – 601 views (551) 
  • Joyce Tan – 582 views (572) 
  • Ooi Mei Ling – 574 views (558) 
  • Chong Kai Zhen – 566 views (496) 
  • Thanuja Kunasekaran – 553 views (538) 
  • Annie Tsen – 540 views (529) 
  • Ahmad Fakhri – 503 views (447) 
  • Vashnavy Ragupathy – 485 (478) 
  • Chester Liam – 450 views (438) 

[Note: The figures in parentheses indicate the number of views from the last report published August 01, 2021]. 

A little reminder: If you’ve not subscribed to the said channel, please do so because you’ll be showing your support for CV+ and World Speech Day! 

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