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How to Give a Speech – 3 Best Practices

by | Oct 13, 2020

Life happens, even during Covid. In the past 24 hours I’ve been to a funeral (feisty & independent Marguerite dies of natural causes at 95), birthday dinner (my beloved daughter & fiancé serve delicious made-from-scratch pizza in their backyard to celebrate her bday), and a Bris (a Jewish baby naming ceremony for Israel Naftalis).

What do all of these life cycle events have in common? Speeches!

And I have to give it up to George. He wins the speech contest for his fabulous eulogy for his mother-in-law Marguerite. Although Israel’s Dad and my daughter, Courtney, come in as a close second.

Meet George – our Speak For Yourself® Best Speech Winner!

“Your speech was great,” I tell George.

“I credit Ms. Fry, my 9th grade speech teacher,” George replies. “She’s the best teacher I ever had. I’ve used her principles throughout my career.” (I can already see this blog in my head…)

“What did Ms. Fry teach you?”

“Three things.” (I love Ms. Fry. YOU KNOW how I preach the magic power of three.) “First – you have to have structure. A beginning, a middle and an end that ties it all together. Second – you have to have humor. If you make your listeners laugh it calms them down and it calms you down too. Third – you have to keep doing it. You can’t become a better speaker unless you speak. Take every opportunity to speak.”

Check. Check. Check. George made us laugh (and cry). He weaves a great story with a beginning, middle and end. And he must’ve spoken a lot in his career – he is confident and conversational.

For you – as leaders of your various businesses – whether it’s a personal event or a professional virtual live streaming, follow Ms. Fry’s principles. Or hire us. George is retired.

© 2020 Karen Cortell Reisman, MS, Executive Communication Author & Speaker. All rights reserved.

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