ARTICLES TO BUILD YOUR POLITICAL STRATEGIES & SKILLS
Craft a Winning Presentation
GETTING STARTED: ELEMENTS OF A GREAT SPEECH
What Makes a Great Presentation?
The general idea in an outstanding presentation is to grab people's emotions; and, to alternate those emotions with a combination of concrete information and emotive examples or phraseology.
- Make them think:
- Make them cry:
- Make them laugh.
The trick is to alternate the emotional impact so as to give the audience an emotional
roller coaster ride.
The track for the ride is your ribbon of facts, information and practical suggestions for action.
The humps and dips are provided by
- anecdotes for relating to your audience,
- for a logical flow
- humour for an emotional change of pace;
- touching memories to draw in your listeners;
- thoughtful quotes,and
- lots of personalization such as, "all of us in this room..." or "those of us who..." or "each and everyone of you...".
Keeping to your time is critical. The audience will forgive you for a multitude of sins; but, never for speaking too long.
AND ALWAYS, leave them on a high, reaching beyond their present level.
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.
I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.
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