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7 tips to tell an inspiring poem or story to end your speech

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You can end a speech with something inspirational. If you have given an uplifting talk, remember that hope is, and has always been, the main religion of mankind. People love to be motivated and inspired to be or do something different and better in the future.

When you tell a story or recite a poem, you must become an actor. Try practicing on this poem: “Carry On!” by Robert Service.

Identify the key lines, intimate parts and memorable parts, and recite it.

And here are seven tips to tell an inspiring poem or story to end your speech:

    1. You have to slow down and add emotion and drama to your words.

    2. Raise your voice on a key line of the poem, and then drop it when you’re saying something that is intimate and emotional.

    3. Pick up the tempo occasionally as you go through the story or poem, but then slow down on the most memorable parts.

    4. Especially, double the number of pauses you normally use in a conversation.

    5. Use dramatic pauses at the end of a line to allow the audience to digest the words and catch up with you.

    6. Smile if the line is funny and be serious if the line is more thought provoking or emotional.

    7. When you come to the end of your talk, be sure to bring your voice up on the last line, rather than letting it drop. Remember the “exclamation point” at the end.

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