Effective Closes In Public Speaking

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Just as openings are important in getting your speech off to a positive start, the closings of your speech are important so you leave the audience with a great impression of you and your speech.
Like openings there are a number of ways that an effective speaker can close their speech.  An effective speaker will use the ending that is the most appropriate for the circumstances and their personality.
Because of this there are only few generalizations that apply;
(1)    It should be relevant to the speech
(2)    Brief
(3)    And should come as a surprise
When a speaker is nervous they may apologize and then give a closing a signal such as;
And finally I must tell you
Here is a final story
One last word
I guess you have heard enough of me. You’ll be please to know I’m just about to finish but…
Closing signals like these are a problem for a speaker for 2 reasons
(1)    The audience start to focus on what will happen after it’s over
(2)    Speakers have a habit of carrying on
I think many times a nervous speaker continues because once they have said they are about to finish, some of the pressure comes off because they now can sit down at any time. Their confidence returns because of this.
This post helps with what not to do when closing your speech. In my next post I’ll give some examples that an effective speaker can use to close their speech.
So, my tip for today is -  do not give closing signals. But, if you do, finish up quickly.

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