Being a thoughtful and engaging speaker is a learned skill that comes with practice and dedication to the craft. Public speakers should display a masterful and authentic balance of storytelling and the skillful dissemination of important facts relevant to your audience. Something as simple as smiling and making appropriate eye contact can make a speech more engaging, but it takes that and more to be effective.
- Keep content clear and brief.
- Schedule your speech at a time when people are likely to be most engaged.
- Ask questions or perform actions that keep the audience involved and invested.
- Consider language and rhetoric.
- Appeal to the emotions of the audience.
- Use visual aids to help make your key points.
- End with a memorable moment.