Within the first minute of your speech, your audience will be deciding whether to fully listen or not. You have one minute to engage your audience…what do you do? The audience will most likely remember the beginning and the ending of your speech, rather than the middle part of your speech. Thus, having a strong closing is important as well.
Think back to the speeches we’ve analyzed so far, including your classmates’ speeches. Which of the speeches included strong introductions and strong conclusions? What made these components memorable? Reflect on your own speeches; how could you have improved your introductions and conclusions?
Next, find tips online and share them with the class. Remember to find scholarly articles or videos. If the author/speaker says they’ve learned something from experience, that’s advice you can trust.
Follow up Posts
Respond to two of your peers’ posts, asking follow up questions that clarify how to deliver a more effective introduction or conclusion.