What is your conclusion like? Do you tailor the ending depending on your reason for speaking?
If for example the objective of your presentation is only to make people to believe, or to feel inspired and not specifically to do something (which in turn is a type of persuasion), a presenter may want to vary the conclusion by using an suitable quotation from a poet, from the Holy Bible,or from an expert on his subject matter.
As an example, in a speech named Develop a Better Sense of Humor, a speaker’s chief purpose was to show his audience the worth of humor; to assist them to feel they ought to develop a sense of humor and make them ready to do so. In fact he attempted to create an attitude rather than a need to dash to a shop for the latest joke book. Thus he finished using these statements:
So why not make humor a part of your daily living? It provides a sparkle to the eye and warmth to the heart. It brings a grin, which Henry Ward Beecher called “A light in the face.”
It goes from you to those you love and back again and again. It’s an inspiring, quickening, God-given, spiritual tonic for mind, body and soul.
Let’s accept humor into our own daily living by embracing as part of our life’s beliefs a portion of a prayer written in the Chester Cathedral in England:
Give me a sense of humor, Lord; Give me grace to see a joke, To get some happiness from life, And pass it on to other folk.
An excellent way to conclude a presentation to motivate is to follow the structure of a strong dramatic short story. Build to an intensive finish, and close on a high note. Without being melodramatic “wave the flag,”, or “sow purple patches.” Or make bands play in their souls and their feet tap to, the music as you close your speech in a blaze of glory and inspiration.
There’s perhaps no “correct” length for the closing of a speech. However the finishing should be brief instead of drawn out. Not to short, however, to seem choppy or abrupt. It ought to be full enough for an audience to feel the end has arrived. There ought to be a feeling of completeness in audiences’ minds.
Some presenters declare, “Now in conclusion,. . . ”
Stating this may not necessarily be prudent. For the reason that generally when people hear that phrase they will reach, in their thoughts at least, for their hats. Other individuals proclaim, “Hooray, hooray!” And they overlook a significant part of the speech.
Presenters who state, “Now to conclude,” and then speak all night, are merely lieing in public.
Some presenters don’t know when to finish. A regular story is told about a presenter who talked on and on and on. Ultimately he said, “Maybe I am speaking too long, but I forgot to bring my watch tonight.” .
Whereupon a worn out listener explained, “There’s a calendar behind you, mister.”
A quick opportinity for a speaker to give up his popularity is to form a practice of talking beyond his allotted time. One effective presenter said he constantly observed the three S’s of public speaking: Stand up, Speak up, and Shut up!
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