Are you Squeezing your Speeches?

How long should my speech be? How many words should I have? What information should I cover? These are common questions that need to be answered when you start the process of writing your speech. Sadly, most speakers’ get the answers wrong – particularly to the last question.

 

Often, when a speaker, doesn’t know what level of information to cover they lean towards the “CYB” mentality… Cover your Butt. And include more information than is really needed. Why? Because they want to ensure that the audience has ALL the information the might possibly need to be informed.

 

It is done with the best intentions… Trying to give an audience all that they need.

 

However, an audience looks to the speaker to be the expert in a topic or subject. This means that they want the speaker to select the right information for them to digest and understand. They are not expecting the speaker to convey all of his/her knowledge on a topic to them in the presentation.

 

When a speaker squeezes in as much information as they can into their speech or presentation they squeeze the audience out. Those sitting in the room watching and listening to the speech are not able to comprehend every piece of information that is being pushed towards them. The result… They mentally switch off from the presentation as they not able to comprehend every word that is spoken to them.

 

Not what you want when you are delivering the presentation!

 

The answer? Take the time to ensure you have a reasonable objective for your presentation (sharing EVERYTHING you know about a subject is not reasonable!) and prune the detail you cover in your presentation to only what is absolutely necessary in the time available. When you do your audience will be in a position to breathe and absorb the information you do cover.

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Mark Kyte

Mark Kyte is a public speaking mentor and founder of the Public Speaking Skills Academy. Mark loves helping clients achieve dynamic results that help them increase their influence and get more clients. Read more of his blog and if you like what you see check out the mentoring programs.