Those little words like “speaking of” and “on that note” can go a long way to making your speech a lot smoother in the minds of your crowd. Watch the following video to learn more about transitions.

Speechcraft Fundamentals 8 – Summing Up

You said a lot of stuff in your presentation.  Now you want to sum it up for your audience before you send them home. You can simply do it, or you can REALLY do it up!  Watch the video to find out how. What’s that?  You haven’t seen the previous 7 Units?  Not a problem… Unit 1 – Topic vs …

Speechcraft Fundamentals 7 – The WORST Thing To End Your Speech With

Have you ever been watching a movie that was going along pretty well, and then the ending was so bad that it undid all the good you saw earlier? Speeches are very similar.  A weak ending can take away everything good you did until that point.  However, there is something that people LOVE to end their speeches with that is …

Speechcraft Fundamentals 6 – How To Open Your Speech

If you’re in a race, it’s not possible to win a race purely because of a strong start.  However, it is possible to LOSE a race purely because of a WEAK start.  Speeches are similar. In this video, you will learn how to get your speech off to a good start. What’s that?  You haven’t seen the previous 5 Units?  …

Speechcraft Fundamentals 5 – How NOT To Open Your Speech

You have probably been told that you need to start your speech off strong with a good opening. I strongly agree! You have probably been taught some ways to open your speech. I strongly DISAGREE! With a few of them. Watch this video to find out what I mean. Before you actually watch the video below, it would help if …

Speechcraft Fundamentals 4 – Make Your Point

We talked a lot about “your points” in the previous 3 units.  In this unit, we actually unpack what it means to make a point. Before you actually watch the video below, it would help if you had the adequate background provided by the first 3 units: Unit 1 – Topic vs Message can be found here. Unit 2 – …

Speechcraft Fundamentals 3 – The Emergency Tip

Here is the much-anticipated three-quel. I teased it in the first two videos. This is how you can write a speech without a message and without a structure. Did you miss the first two units? No problem.  Unit 1 is right here, and Unit 2 is right here.

Speechcraft Fundamentals 2 – Structure Your Speech

This is the second in our series on speechcraft fundamentals.  If you missed unit 1, you can find it here. In this video, you will learn how to structure the points of your speech so that your audience can more easily: Follow your speech. Recall your points long afterward.

Speechcraft Fundamentals 1 – Message vs Topic

You want to write a speech, but where do you start?  Simple.  You start with your message. In this first installment of a multi-part series, you’ll find out what a message is and why it’s so important to have one before, while and after you craft your speech.