Claire Duffy's blog about public speaking and communication (in real life). Speak well, do well!
1. Write down your purpose
This purpose will guide what you present and what you say to people. Be sure to write it in such a way that it includes both your primary message and your desired outcome (it can be more than one sentence if needed).
For example: ‘My purpose is to ensure that my lecturer realises that I have understood this topic in depth and can summarise it succinctly’
2. Build rapport with the audience
Consider what they know and think and what is important to them. What they are really looking for from you. Assess how receptive they are to you and what barriers – if any- you may need to overcome to get a connection. Then decide on what you can say to hook them in.
3 . Provide the information – be clear, relevant and actionable
Use language that suits your purpose.
When ever possible, talk about ‘you’ to personalise the speech.
Use short words and an everyday, conversational tone.
Simplify as much as possible
4. Satisfy their curiosity
Allow them to ask questions. Prepare some in advance so you don’t get trapped.