When figuring out how to write and deliver a speech, the process can feel massively overwhelming. That’s why I recommend listening to one specific song when creating your presentation →
“New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
This 1970s tune is more than a melody for dreaming of skyscrapers and Central Park. Scientifically, the rhythm, outline and other specific factors make this decades-prevalent song a perfect example of fundamental speech techniques.
I’m about to outline and share these must-know factors that will make your next speech absolutely amazing.
My best tips for public speaking nerves? I listen to “New York, New York” often, especially before going onto a stage and delivering a talk. This tune is truly the perfect paradigm of how to give a speech that not only gives great content - but keeps listeners captivated.
The easiest way to improve public speaking is not only the speech writing or content itself.
As a vocal coach, I'm fascinated by the power of the human voice - and know the power it has in capturing an audience’s attention.
The voice is the most direct and intimate communication tool we have - and makes a massive difference when it comes to speaking in front of a crowd.
Voice can seduce.
Be boring or arouse interest.
Get people to stand to their feet - or fall asleep like it’s 7th grade math class post-lunch.
Thus, the voice can significantly influence one's own success. I’m going to reveal why and exactly how to use your voice to have you feelin Meryl-Streep-status confident in front of a crowd.
The voice sneakily makes the first impression on others. The truth? We often rate people according to the sound of their voice.
With science as the foundation, our brains...
Choosing out of a list of speech topics feels stressful, I understand.
You want to make sure you pick the right topic that gets the audience excited - not dipping out for a coffee break or checking their Facebook.
You’ve attended not-so-good presentations before. You’ve gone to an event, sat in an awkwardly uncomfortable chair and hoped to get GREAT insights from a speaker.
Sitting down, pen poised, they began to speak and seemed to be...a bit all over the place. There weren’t any specific one liners you wanted to jot down. As they wrap up, you applauded to be nice but felt uninspired as you grabbed your bag and walked out.
I often notice this “what topic do I pick?!” phenomenon in my trainings
(And am showing exactly how to avoid it!)
The speaker had her topic chosen and shared EVERYTHING they knew on that one concept. The result? A long, unstructured presentation that leaves the listener in a...
You’re trying to write a speech but...are feeling stuck. You want to know how to start an informative speech that educates AND inspires the audience.
This “what do I say?!” anxiety is completely normal.
Writing a helpful, business-growing talk feels hard, and the biggest challenge is usually knowing what to say first.
This makes total sense. You know the first impression counts and want it to be perfect.
In fact, according to Business Insider, we have 7 seconds to create a first impression.
The good news is this information doesn’t need to make you more nervous. With the best speech writing techniques, you’ll know exactly what to say in order to feel confident you WILL create that great first impression.
Most presentations start with "Hello! my name is xyz and I'm talking about ...". This has its place but isn’t usually the best way to kick off a...
When figuring out how to write a speech and deliver a talk that WOWS listeners, consider this, my friend.
You go to a conference and see the following.
In a ballroom or small workshop area, there’s a speaker who seems to really NAIL their message. Whatever topic they promised to speak on, they truly give you exactly what you hoped for. Walking out, your heart is racing and full of hope.
You can achieve the exact same hard-hitting speech yourself.
How? Know the two important things that make a talk a true “home run”.
While there are a variety of factors that contribute to a great talk, writing a speech that really sends one, clear message to the listener and has them walk away feeling empowered (vs. overwhelmed) takes two main pieces.
Great speakers are able to pinpoint their core message and keep the talk focused on ONE single purpose.
(I know this...