In order to deliver an effectively motivating speech, a motivational speaker should master the steps and techniques of speech delivery. And as he grows accustomed to the techniques, it will be much easier for him to add more personality or flair to his speeches.
Here are the basic steps of speech delivery:
1. Get the attention of your audience – People have short attention spans, so a speaker must grab their attention right at the very beginning to establish awareness of his presence and purpose. Unfortunately, starting the speech by saying your name or directly telling them what your topic is would not be a good attention grabber. You must start with something that can arouse curiosity or stir emotions like telling a story, playing a video or presentation, or simply asking them a question that will surely make them think. That way, you can get the audience to focus throughout your speech.
2. Introduce yourself and your profession – As a motivational speaker, you should be able to make your audience understand why you are in front of them and how you can help them with the topic or subject that you will be talking about. Formally introduce yourself to them and specify your profession or specialty to help them identify your relevance to the subject.
3. Make a quick preview of your speech – Let your audience know what they should expect about your speech. Give them an overview of what will occur next and throughout the speech so that they can also be given the chance to prepare, especially in terms of how they’re going to cooperate or participate.
4. Deliver in a lively manner – Your speech must be spoken in an engaging way. Bring life to words by animating yourself throughout the speech. Use meaningful gestures, change your tone and pace as necessary, and use humor every now and then.
5. Don’t read your speech – There is nothing better than a speech that is delivered in a spontaneous but organized manner. No one would want to listen to someone who sounds like and looks like he’s reading from a script or book. A speech can never be lively if the speaker focuses on a paper or projector that contains everything that he has to say. An effective speech must come from the speaker’s mind and heart. You can use a bulleted list of your topics to guide the flow of your speech, but never write everything down. As a motivational speaker, you should be an expert who knows what to say out of wit and whim.
6. Provide structure to your speech by identifying your main points – No one wants to listen to someone who just rambles on. It is very important that you let your audience know which point you are talking about and what point will come next. Providing a projected presentation or video slides can be very helpful in guiding your audience throughout your speech.
7. Connect one point with another – Your main points should be organized in an interconnected way. This will help establish your speech structure and would make it easier for your audience to relate the previous point with next.
8. Tell stories to your audience – Whether it is a humorous or sad story, people like to listen to it because it is easier to relate your points with real-life or imagined scenarios.
9. Conclude by reviewing your main points – When you conclude your speech, ensure that the audience picked up on your points by restating the main points you presented. Do this concisely and in a manner that will make them remember every important detail.
10. Practice your speech – Nothing beats a motivational speaker who is constantly prepared and confidence. One way to boost your confidence is by practicing your speeches before the events. Ask for a friend or family’s opinion and improve the parts that they deem as weak or lacking vibe.
11. Make your audience want more – Always make sure to make your speech very informative and useful. People will always look forward to learning more if a first speech is effectively delivered and has imparted valuable lessons.
Given all those steps and suggestions, one thing should have become clear to you – a motivational speaker’s job could be very challenging, but it is also very rewarding.
A motivational speaker should master the steps and techniques of speech delivery.