NUGGET 005: THE EFFECTIVE SPEECH
Avoid the monotonous speech. Skip the ordinary speech. Aim for the effective speech. Hey friend, raise the bar on your speech delivery. Go for the effective speech.
The effective speech is the kind of speech which produces the intended results; it is the speech that produces successful/excellent results. Let me illustrate with a story.
Once upon a sweltering hot afternoon, I honoured an invitation to speak at a secondary school in downtown Oyigbo, Rivers State where I grew up. Also invited was a lawyer. We were to speak to SS3 students.
The lawyer spoke first on ‘Choosing a Career’. His pleasant hook of an introduction was simply wow! But some sixty minutes plus into the presentation, a good number of the students hovered between sleepfulness and wakefulness. Why? The lawyer’s speech plummeted from wow to ordinary; and from ordinary to monotonous.
You know, the monotonous speech sends an audience to sleep. The ordinary speech barely keeps people awake while it lasts. It is the effective speech that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. ‘On the edge of your seat’ is an idiomatic expression which means ‘very excited and giving your full attention to something’. The effective speech, like a launch pad, propels people into positive actions.
During that session with the SS3 students, when it was my turn, I rolled up my sleeves and pitched into my speech via a story. Yes, I simply told the students a story. A story wrapped around the 6 Ds of Success. Dream. Decision. Determination. Diligence. Discipline. Destination. The story was effective. The excited students gave me their undivided attention.
Now, you’re asking, “How can I deliver an effective speech that wows?” I hear you. I’ll tell you in Nugget 002.
Be inspired. Stay inspired!