Adding Interest To Your Speech

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Using visual aids, or holding up things for audiences to see, will help make a speech more interesting.
For example, a speaker started a talk on progress by pulling a plastic bottle from his coat pocket. He pinched the bottle. And silver spray, like a tiny cloud, came from it.
“This is a puff-bottle age!” the speaker declared. Then he used a large bottle — more “puff” for proof.
Finally he picked up a pint size plastic can, pushed the self-starter and said, “This is truly a puff-bottle age. Bandages come in cans today.” And from the container he spewed a neat band-aid on his wrist.
Every eye in the audience was on the speaker and what he did. All ears listened eagerly because with visual aids he had touched an active spring of human nature — curiosity.
Curiosity caused several people at a banquet to ask the speaker of the evening why he was wearing a small coiled spring in his coat lapel. He gave everyone about the same answer, “I’ll tell you later.”
“Later” was when he started his speech. Pointing to the spring, he said, “Some people have asked me why I wear this and what it means. It simply means ‘get the lead out o£ your shoes and put a spring in!’ ” This was the theme of his speech, and he used the spring as a visual aid for an interesting begin-ning.
The woman who spoke on Stretching the Kitchen Dollar must have known the value of using visual aids while speaking when she raked a handful of change from a table into a metal wastebasket, as she asked, “Is this happening in your kitchen?”
A similar spring was touched when a student showed a big potato and said, “A speech is like a potato.” And when another kept an audience wondering for some time what was in a box which was wrapped with black paper. Or when a speaker, said, “Are you a ‘you-you’ or a yo-yo? Do you dangle helplessly, at the mercy of gravity, on the end of life’s string? Or do you have a definite purpose in life?” As he spoke he held a yo^yo dangling at the end of a string.
Moving objects grasp attention immediately, especially when they move in unusual or unexpected ways. A driver may pay lit-tle attention to the many cars he meets on a highway, but if he meets one that is weaving like a snake all over the road, he will give it undivided attention. Especially if that car is weaving in his direction!

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