10 Wonderful Steps and then one
1. Making a start
The is the Icebreaker. You are asked to speak about something that you are very comfortable and knowledgeable about. Talking about yourself is a good subject. Typically it will last around 5 minutes. Its goal is to get you up there and speak. Your assignment is not to give a knock-them-dead speech. It is to get you started. The manual has many good tips like do not try to overstretch yourself.
2. Mean What You Say
You are now going to build on the self confidence you have gained from your first assignment. By speaking on a subject which you know well, and believe in, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate sincerity, conviction and persuasiveness. The manual starts to introduce things to consider like length of speech, tyoe of notes, eye contact and the like.
3. Speech Constructions
This is where you take a good idea and make it very much more powerful by making it easy for your audience to know what your speech is about and what to expect. All speeches should have a beginning, the main development and then a ending. All three phases have different goals and there are tools to help in each area.
4. Use of Gestures
We naturally gesticulate when talking. The more important the point we are making the more we speak with body language and tone. A good speech can be made great with good use of gestures. These can come from hand and body movements, body demeanour, facial expressions, eye contact and more.
5. Use of Voice
The voice is the most powerful weapon in the Speaker's armoury, but it is only effective if it is used appropriately to amplify the power, drama and delivery of the speech itself. By the time you are at this assignment the improvement in your ability is substantial and you should feel confortable speaking outside of the club as well as in.
6. Vocabulary and Word Pictures
You are well into more advanced development with this assignment. Your choice of words and construction and order of ideas will now focus on painting a picture inside the minds of your audience. These pictures will add depth and substance to your speech. They will arrest the attention of the listeners by being memorable and approriate
7. Use of Notes
Notes can be a wondersul support or they can rob a speech of its life. Have you ever sat through a presentation where someone got up and read to you? Why did they bother?
You will learn what to do so that you have the appropriate support that notes can give but they will not interrupt the flow of the speech or rob your audience of your eye contact.
8. The Use of Humour
You will explore different types of humour for the various types of speeches you may wish to give. You are shown how to develop this to fit your character whilst taking in the needs of the audience.
9. Audience Rapport
This is a much softer and hard to identify skill but that is all it is - a skill. With it, your speeches will resonate, be impacting and will be remembered.
10. The Masterpiece
This is where you bring all that you have learned into focus in one speech. By this time you will have had considerable experience and will be a polished speaker.
11. This is just the start
Albeit that you are have just give the speech of your life, this is just the start of a wonderful journey. Our education programme can take you all the way to where ever you want to go in public speaking.