3 Things to Do When You Have to Give a Short Speech

3 things to Do When You Have to Give a Short Speech

Melbourne Classical Radio The biggest mistake that we make when it comes to giving one-minute speeches is that whether it's an impromptu speech, whether it's a self-introduction or a toast or a wedding, we tend to focus on too many messages. For short speeches, we need to stop trying to condense a   lot of information in as less time as possible and start shifting our focus to condensing our ideas into just one message. 

That's what will make our short one-minute speeches, all the more effective. And that's what we're going to discuss here today. What are the guidelines that we need to keep in mind to deliver an effective one-minute speech, whether we have time to prepare for it, or whether it's an impromptu speech?  Towards the latter section of this article, we're also going to discuss three different frameworks that we can keep in mind to deliver a one-minute speech or in fact, any speech which is of short duration in almost any setting.

So, the very first thing to keep in mind,  as we discussed is to focus on one message because we have such a short amount of time to speak in the first place.  The next important thing we need to keep  in mind, especially when we have less  time to communicate our message  is to understand, truly understand   'Who our audience is?' Because one-minute speeches can take place almost anywhere and any time.

There's a good chance that we might start adapting one particular speech or framework in many different scenarios. Take an interview as an example! If an interviewer asks us to introduce ourselves and we have about a minute or so to do so we should really not have one standard answer for different interviews because it really depends on who the interviewer is.

If you're giving an interview in a place that is a young startup with a very open culture vibe,   then we know that this introduction can be a lot less formal. We can use a  lot more pop culture references. We can be funny and we can try having wit and overall focus on making our message creative.

But on the other hand, if we are giving an interview with somebody who's from a strict corporate background in a very formal setting,  our answer to the question, tell me about yourself, or introduce yourself in an interview needs to reflect that particular environment and that particular interviewer.

So before you even started delivering the speech, whether it's an impromptu speech.  

Take a few seconds to really understand who it is you're delivering your speech to. It doesn't have to be in front of an audience. It can be even in a one-to-one setting and only then start,  actually speaking. When it comes to the delivery aspect of a one-minute speech,  it mainly comes down to the starting, the middle,  and the end as with almost any other speech.

So, let's try and break this down. Let me talk about the beginning! Now it's very common that in a speech you want to try and make our beginning and an introduction really gripping,  but in a one-minute speech, we don't really need to do that. A simple introduction like,  "I'm going to keep this short" and continuing or just simply starting with what your name is if you're asked to introduce yourself or why you're here in the first place is good enough to begin a short speech, but the same thing might not necessarily apply to the ending. 

We want to try and make our ending a little more engaging than our introduction is because it's a short speech, people will mainly only remember what we said at the end of the speech.

But of course, if this is an impromptu scenario,  you might not have time to really come up with a  gripping ending or conclusion. In that case, it's very easy to end with what our main message is.  Whatever our one message is if we can just simply reveal or repeat that at the end of our one-minute speech, that's good enough as well because that's what the audience will tend to remember the most.

And when it comes to the body, of course,  there are a lot of different variations,  very hard to just bucket it down to any one particular technique over here,  but a simple direction that we can kind of take is to speak in the format of a story. So, to give a personal anecdote or a personal experience is usually a good enough like, it's a safe bet when we're trying to give a short speech.

Check them out, it'll give you a good understanding of how to start and conclude and what you've seen in the middle of a short one-minute speech. One thing that I do want to note is that if these aren't impromptu speeches,  and if you do have time to prepare for them,  please utilize that time! It doesn't matter if it's a short speech or a long speech,  putting in some time to prepare would just help make it that much more impactful.

And one-minute speeches can be really impactful if the right people are listening to you! So, try to take some time to research for this particular speech.  Even if you can come up with a  few facts to back your argument,  it will really help in making your speech all the more persuasive and even practicing it three or four times will help make it that much more impactful as opposed to just winging it.

A simple rule of thumb is that approximately 150  Words is good enough for a one-minute speech. If you're trying to exceed that, we talk got too fast or we will stop too short. Okay. So those are some guidelines that we can keep in mind when we're delivering short speeches. 

Now,  let's move onto the three different frameworks that we can keep in our mind at all times, which is help us deliver these short speeches in almost any situation.

Okay, the first method is pretty common. It's called PREP! P-R-E-P, which is, Point, Reason, Example, Point. Now, this very simply means that you start with what your main point is, you give  a reason for it, followed up with an example. And then re-state your point towards the end! Again,  an example of demonstrating this is that if somebody asked me for my own introduction, I would say this, " Hey! My name is Eka Kris and I'm the founder of Kris Media.  

We exist to help students, entrepreneurs, working professionals, and everyone in between become stronger communicators. I got into this field because I realized how speaking and being on stage can really help change a person's life and personality for the better as it did with me.  

Now that's a pretty straightforward way of doing it. And, of course, you can add your own spunk to it! And this is not even close to what I  just said. It's not even close to a minute long, but I hope you get the idea of where I'm going with this particular framework. The next framework is WWW, which is, Who you are? What do you do? And where are you going from here? Again, to give the example for self-introduction,  this would kind of flow like this:  "Hey, my name is Hardeep and I'm the founder of  Frantically Speaking. 

I came into this industry because I was a very nervous speaker all my life. And I had so many embarrassing moments and made so many mistakes while doing public speaking and while communicating that I wish I had a  resource or I knew of a resource that could help me actually avoid all those mistakes! So, I wanted  to make sure that I documented all my learnings,  whatever I've read in books, whatever, what my  personal experiences have been, whatever  courses I've taken in this space and share  them with people to help them reach their goals  of becoming an effective communicator, FASTER!"And the next framework is an abbreviation called  STEEP UP. 

It stands for Social, Technological,  Economical, Environmental, Political,  Universal, and Personal. Now I'm not going to go on an example over here, but this framework essentially helps us to give a really comprehensive view of any one particular topic.

And it really helps me to give technical short speeches or presentations, and that's about it!  Some guidelines to help you give a one-minute  speech and some frameworks to keep in mind,  which can help us in almost any setting, whether  it's impromptu or whether we have time to prepare for it. 

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