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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (August 4, 2015) – The thought of public speaking triggers fear and anxiety in many people. However, it is an unavoidable experience in life, and sometimes a requirement in college classes and careers. In recognition of Professional Speaker’s Day, commemorated on Friday, August 7, Matthew Rocco, Broward College’s coordinator of corporate training at the Institute of Economic Development, and the founding member and president of the Broward College Chapter of Toastmasters, is offering some helpful tips on giving an effective and engaging speech.
Have a strong introduction and conclusion. Hook the audience and get them interested in what you are going to say by either opening with a quote, a question or a strong statement. This is an effective way to draw the audience in and encourage them to engage with what you are saying. The conclusion, though, is also important since it leaves a lasting impact and impression. It is imperative to either recap what was said or end with a motivational statement and call for action.
Be concise and to the point. In an overview, summarize for the audience what you will tell them. Then, in the presentation, lay that information out. Before the conclusion, provide a quick recap, just to reiterate the message of your speech.
Ask questions. This is an important tool used to keep the audience alert and interested in the topic and content of the speech. For example, asking, “Did you know…” is an effective way to draw the audience in and encourage them to engage with what you are saying.
Be confident and speak with conviction. No matter the content of the speech or your level of expertise with the subject, do not be afraid of making mistakes. This fear will affect your performance and be obvious to your audience.
Be aware. Limit the use of crutch words, such as “uh,” “um” and “you know.” Practice in front of a trusted family member or friend so that they can help point out these verbal ticks and help limit their usage. Also, remember to make eye contact with all sections of the room.
Before delivering your speech, write it down.
Similar to a written report or paper, a speech should be organized, and have a beginning, middle and end. Make sure that the body has main talking points and substantial supporting points.
To learn more about Broward College’s Toastmasters Chapter, which is free and open to the public, contact Matt Rocco at
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