A beautifully crafted talk is a wonder to listen to. It takes one on a roller-coaster ride that finishes all to quickly and leaves one wanting for more. They capture the audience’s attention.
A good device to use at the beginning of a talk is the rhetorical question. These are not meant to be answered by the audience, because the speaker will go on to convince the audience to a particular point of view or call to action.
As a speaker you are painting a picture with your words.
When using these devices remember two things:
- Who your audience is.
- What the purpose of your talk is.
My personal favourite are metaphors – they are useful when trying to explain a complex concept, principle or idea. The correctly used metaphor will short-cut the process of understanding. Someone once told me that you do not understand something until you can turn it into a metaphor.
A last word on this lesson – do not over do it as too many can overwhelm your audience. The key is minimalism – use them to stress or highlight important points.
…and we have reached P, being for Preparation.
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