And Make Your Speech Flow
Ever listened to a presentation that didn’t flow or make sense? What it needed, was a KISS.
To clearly link your ideas and emphasise major points or direction changes, write your speech with a kiss. The KISS principle is of course: “Keep It Simple, Silly.” A KISS efficiently tells your audience what you are doing next with your use of language, pausing or emphasis. This allows listeners to stay with you rather than wander off the path in wild confusion. Here are some KISS examples I’ve used when speaking:
Link With a KISS
- “The PURPOSE of my 20 minute presentation is…”
- “Now I’ve explained how to craft a snippet, you are going to PRACTISE on your own website…”
- “If you only remember ONE THING today… make it this…”
- “I’ve told you a little about my background, now I’d like to hear about yours. So next we’re going to do a warm up exercise to help us to get to know one another better…”
- “The 3 steps of a, b and c, are pivotal which is why we’ve just spent half an hour on them. Now I’m going to show how YOU can apply the same ideas at work…”
- Pause…”I’d like to talk to you about… ROCKET SCIENCE.” Pause.
- “It’s been a big 3 days. Now it’s time to finish. I’m going to summarise, then open it up to your questions for half an hour. Then we’ll end with our powerful completion process and I’ll invite you to register for our ongoing program…”
Be Like A Book
To write your speech with a kiss, link sections of your talk with connective sentences to demonstrate logical progression. Use language, tone and pausing to emphasise major points and signify changes in pace and direction.
Think about how books are written to aid understanding; not just the content but the format and the structure. Consider:
A book is divided up into chapters, sections and paragraphs. These are broken up further into major headings, minor headings and general text.
Your presentation is like a formatted book, except your audience is listening to it, rather than reading it.
If you were reading a story out loud to a child, you would pause at the exciting moments, speak slowly to emphasise important moments and throw in some vocal drama here and there.
No Convoluted Slobberings
Whenever there is confusion in a story line, an argument, a speech…. the listener gets lost. Keep your listeners on a clearly lit path and write your speech with a kiss. No convoluted slobberings, just clear, logical links to gently invite your listeners to walk with you.
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