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2 tips to end a speech with a bang

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A good talk or public speech is like a good play, movie, or song. It opens by arresting the listener’s attention, develops point by point, and then ends strongly.

The truth is, if you don’t know how to end a speech, your key points may get lost. The words you say at the beginning, and especially at the end of your talk, will be remembered longer than almost any other part of your speech.

Some of the great speeches in history have ended with powerful, stirring words that live on in memory.

How do you end a speech and get the standing ovation that you deserve? Keep reading to discover how…

Here are two tips and examples for concluding a speech:

1) Plan your closing remarks word for word 

To ensure that your conclusion is as powerful as it can be, you must plan it word for word.

Ask yourself, “What is the purpose of this talk?”

Your answer should involve the actions that you want your listeners to take after hearing you speak on this subject. When you are clear about the end result you desire, it becomes much easier to design a conclusion that asks your listeners to take that action.

The best strategy for ending with a BANG is to plan your closing before you plan the rest of your speech. You then go back and design your opening so that it sets the stage for your conclusion.

The body of your talk is where you present your ideas and make your case for what you want the audience to think, remember, and do after hearing you speak.

2) Always end a speech with a call to action 

It is especially important to tell the audience what you want them to do as a result of hearing you speak. A call to action is the best way to wrap up your talk with strength and power.

Listen to how Tony Robbins ends this TED talk with a call to action. He begins his close at 18:00 minutes (watch the video below). He also tells a great story at the end of his speech, which we’ll discuss more in a moment…


Here is an example of a speech conclusion with a call to action: 

“We have great challenges and great opportunities, and with your help, we will meet them and make this next year the best year in our history!”

Whatever you say, imagine an exclamation point at the end. As you approach the conclusion, pick up your energy and tempo. Speak with strength and emphasis.

Drive the final point home. Regardless of whether the audience participants agree with your or are willing to do what you ask, it should be perfectly clear to them what you are requesting.

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