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.