Punch to your Speeches!
By J.A. Gamache
3rd place winner in the 2001
World Championship of Public Speaking
To add punch to their speeches, professional speakers put emphasis on "key words". Here are simple techniques to enhance the "key words" of your next presentation.
How to discover the "key words" in your speech
Once your speech is written, find one key word per idea; in other words, choose the words that you feel are the most important and then select the bold or underline function to place those key words in a prominent position in your text. You may have to underline a group of words, but not more than two or three! Then, read out loud the key words that you have picked. If the message still makes sense, then you made the right choices. If not...choose other key words.
This technique requires a little bit of practice. You may have to re-write certain parts of your speech. Why would you make the effort? Because your message will become crystal clear, that's why!
But wait! Now that your message is clear, do you want to know how to enhance those key words in your speech? Here are four fun and easy "punch techniques" you can use.