Public Speaking Course:
How to Close a Speech
Professional presenters know that one of the biggest mistakes you can make during your speech is to talk too long. You will send some members of the audience off to never, never land, and make others downright mad. It doesn't matter whether your speech was presented well and the audience came away with great information. If you talk too long, they will leave saying, "That speaker just didn't know when to stop." Don't let this happen to you! Say what you came to say and then sit down. You will learn a lot about using good closings in my public speaking course, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
A good closing is very important because the last thing you say is usually what the audience will remember when they leave. That means that you must put as much time into selecting and practicing your closing as you put into the rest of your presentation. Just like with your opening, your closing doesn't necessarily need to be humorous. It could be motivational, challenging, thoughtful, or it could restate your main point or idea in a different way. This ending segment should have a strong influence on what the audience takes home with them when you are done.
Making an impact and being remembered by your audience is part of using what you learned in your public speaking course. To help your audience remember your speech, ask them to do something during the course of your presentation. Many a great NO ZZZZZs presentation went no further than the walls of the meeting room because the audience wasn't moved to action. If you haven't ask them to do something by the end of your presentation, the closing is your last chance.
If the subject allows, I like to use humorous closings for several reasons. If you leave them laughing and
applauding as you exit, you will leave an extremely positive impression.
Lastly, if the subject is not appropriate to end with laughter, you
This same technique can be very effective in ending a mostly humorous
Don't be afraid to use humor when you speak in public. Just make sure