How to Say it.
Have you been to a speech, when you have heard audience murmur within them: What did he say? What was the meaning?
Technical writing, essays, financial reports, and legal writings all have their place — but none of them belong in your speechwriting. Speeches use simple, conversational language are more enjoyable to listen to, easier to follow, and more likely to be remembered. The fourth Toastmasters speech project “How to Say it”, guides you how to use simple, but descriptive language in your speeches. This article examines the primary goals of this project, provides tips and techniques.
The objectives of the speech are
- Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly.
- Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.
- Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.
Story based topics: You can choose any topic, but while writing the story think yourself as a painter who infuses vibrant colour one by one. Similarly, start infusing your own experience and stories into the speech, doing these use simple words and phrases that can transport your audience from their chairs to the setting where your speech takes place.
The Senses: Use the words to make your audience see what you see, feel what you feel, taste what you taste, smell what you smell, and hear what you hear – make them part of your story. Describe them their feelings.
Repetition: Repetition of words / phrases or sentences is a dual sword. It can emphasize the points you are making but have a high potential for creating confusion in the audience. Therefore use it with caution.
Avoid Rhetoric: It is tempting to use the rhetoric to create a theatrical environment, but it generally detaches you with the audience. It’s human nature to love messages that are delivered in a simple manner. Avoid rhetoric’s as much as possible.
Organisation: As we have dealt in the Project 2 a clear opening, middle and conclusion is very important to keep the audience hooked in the speech. Delivering message in the organised manner is always important.