How To End A Speech

Before You Start A Speech, Know How It Will End      By Gene Griessman

If you’re going to make a speech or even make a brief comment in public, think about how you will conclude your remarks before you begin.

This technique separates the amateur from the professional. I’ve heard speakers  make an excellent presentation, and then conclude with, “Well, that’s all I have to say. Are there any questions?”

This is a bad idea because it puts the speaker at the mercy of anyone who might make a comment or ask a question.

If you take questions or comments at the end of your remarks, hold in reserve some well-thought-out conclusion, a module to use after you take the final question. You might say something like, “….Thank you for your questions and comments.  In conclusion, I’d like to emphasize….”

If you do it this way, your conclusion can be as important as your introduction, often more important.


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Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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