Funny Little Structures

 

Have you ever had to listen to someone rambling on and on? The effort has to be made by the listeners - if they are willing to. When we public speak, we want to offer our content in a way that is easy to listen to!

 

In this newsletter I am going to give you a few tips about how to structure a speech.

 

 

A standard principle is:

 

“Tell them what you are going to talk about - Talk about it - Tell them what you have talked about”

 

  I have just told you that I was going to give you some tips about structure, and that’s what I am doing now!

 

 

At the end of this newsletter I will remind you that it was all about giving a few tips about structure.

 

 

Another principle is called PREP - meaning, Point - Reason - Example - Point

 

 

If you have a point to make, start by making you point in a simple and clear way.  After making the point, say why it is important. Then give an example to illustrate and reinforce your point. Eventually, repeat your point.

 

 

For instance: Point: We need to pay attention to how we structure our speeches.

 

                Reason: A well structured speech will be easy to follow and memorize.

                Example: Think of someone who is rambling on and on…. Now, keep reading this newsletter. Isn’t refreshing to know exactly what I am talking about, why is it important and how to do it?

                Point: Yes my friends, structuring is really important.

 

Another tip is: using oppositions. When I am pitching Speed Public Speaking, sometimes I compare our club with Toastmasters clubs. Each point is made by contrast.

 

  • At Toastmasters - I love them - you will have a big audience, maybe thirty people in the room. At Speed Public Speaking, we are on average ten people, it’s not a big audience, but it also means much more time to practise.

  • At Toastmasters, you get a lot of feedback .  Here at Speed Public Speaking, not only you get the feedback, but you put it into practice immediately..

  • At Toastmasters, you have a lot of ceremonial. It starts with a word from the president, then you have the Master of Ceremony, the Timekeeper, the Grammarian…. It’s good to train "big” and “formal” but it takes a lot of time! At Speed Public Speaking we just train,at a good energetic pace, which is why I can guarantee you will speak four of five times per evening…

 

 

And a last quick tip for now: use the rule of three. In the example above, I have made three points. Four would have started to feel like a long list. Two points feels as if we have not much to say. Three feel consistent and not too long.

 

 

 

 As I told you at the beginning of this newsletter, I have just given you a few tips about how to structure a speech! If you structure well, you will be easy to understand and people will remember your message.

 

 

 It’s now time to check what’s on (everything is on meetup, there are two meetups and to land directly there, check the menu on top of the page, click on “What’s on in Central London” and/or “What’s on in Willesden Green”)

 

Next Monday, the session is a little bit special. There is a theme: “What do you love?” and there are slots available for prepared speeches. I am also organising a One Minute Speech Challenge: a fundraising event in aid of Unicef, with special thoughts for the Syrian children.

 

So… maybe it’s time to write a one or two minute speech?