Saturday, October 2, 2021

Closing a Speech and Update 16

This post covers speech closing. 

To me, an effective conclusion contains a takeaway message and a concluding device that helps create a lasting image in the audience's mind. The whole idea is to wrap up your speech and, in the process, make your speech unforgettable! 

You may ask, what is a takeaway message? It is the message you need your audience to take away if they’re only going to remember one thing. It has to be clear, concise and cogent. Put it in another way, it has to be compelling. 

The takeaway message is a refinement of your speech’s thesis. It is a one sentence statement that summarizes your entire speech. The thesis statement, of course, is your topic and the accompanying main ideas 

And unless your purpose is just to inform, your thesis should be persuasive. A persuasive thesis normally contains an opinion and the reason(s) why your opinion is true and valid. 

Some options you can consider to use as a concluding device: 

  • Close with an inspirational quotation. 
  • Find a short quote that captures the feeling you want the audience to have. 
  • Include a call to action. 
  • Tell a story. 
  • Match the opening sentence. 
  • Or even better, do an unexpected close. 

You should know that some of the best movie endings of all time were wicked twists, surprising conclusions, and outright shockers. Why are they so memorable? 

First, they are unexpected. It turns out our brains are more active when we experience something we didn’t anticipate. Second, we expected a different conclusion. When a pattern is broken, we become particularly attuned to what comes next. When you close a speech with a surprise ending, you are signaling to your audience to listen up. 

I recommend that a speaker should always strive to end on a high note. This is not the time for quick goodbyes, mumbled thank-yous, or body language that suggests all you really want to do is flee. 

It is your last chance to make an impression on your audience – which in turn will help you to inspire them to think big, persuade them to change their perspective, or move them to action. Make it count! 

If you know me, you’ll know I believe that the opening and closing sentences are the two most important parts of any speech. 

BTW, this is the penultimate update on the subject of WSD 2021 videos. I'm specifically referring to the March clips.

And here are the Top 25 videos as at 07:00 PM Malaysian time today: 

  • Sanjanaa Kanthan – 3857 views (3034) 
  • Karyn Yadlyn – 3853 views (2561) 
  • Velleny Jivel Jinau – 2361 views (2089) 
  • Christal Wong – 2177 views (1928) 
  • Simon Gibson – 1706 views (1390) 
  • Karan Z’vyr – 1705 views (1309) 
  • Santhy Dewi Pillai – 1515 views (1010) 
  • Vellvie Jivel Jinau – 1477 views (1025) 
  • Tashvein Jega Theesan – 1403 views (1351) 
  • Amirah – 1298 views (1276) 
  • Yosshveina Jega Theesan – 1266 views (1249) 
  • Sumithra Devi – 1027 views (957) 
  • Chin Hui Ling – 1015 views (764) 
  • Smyra Z’ryn – 839 views (832) 
  • Haari Shamundiswary – 713 views (601) 
  • Rohijas Md Sharif – 697 views (609) 
  • Robyn Grace Leo – 670 views (624) 
  • Chong Kai Zhen – 627 views (566) 
  • Thanuja Kunasekaran – 616 views (553) 
  • Joyce Tan – 596 views (582) 
  • Ooi Mei Ling – 592 views (574) 
  • Ahmad Fakhri – 568 views (503) 
  • Annie Tsen – 547 views (540) 
  • Vashnavy Ragupathy – 527 views (485) 
  • Janany Ganabatirau – 459 views (re-entry) 

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

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