My top 5 TIP’s on structuring a speech
From time to time I find myself having to get up and give a speech in front of 100’s of people and it has really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Over the years I have picked up some good tips on what to do when structuring a speech that I would like to share with you:
TIP 1 – Ask yourself – What is in this presentation for the audience? and what do I want to tell them?
TIP 2 – Develop a theme for the presentation. eg. It could be a metaphor for business such as a game or a team sport.
TIP 3 – Your introduction should have IMPACT – it will get their attention.
TIP 4 – Rule of thumbs for how much information to include – For a 10 min presentation – 2 main points and for a 20 min presentation – 4 main points with 3-4 sub-points
TIP 5 – If you are telling a story here are the breakdowns on how to structure it – Story ‘i’ 80-85% of the time about about the story, Point – 5-10%, Benefit – 5-10% (that is the what is in it for me message). What was the decision, turning point and your choice moving forward?
eg. Think about your life. Choose an event that happened to share with the audience. Talk about how you made a decision that effected your life (what you care about). Explain how the story in connected to your future – what you are passionate about.
This is the first of a 3 part series that will cover how to structure, prepare and things to avoid when giving a speech, so stay tuned!
Yours in Design