Published On: Tue, Jun 14th, 2016

Seven Points to remember for after-dinner speaking

The greatest speeches are similar to the top theatre. There is amusement, and there is a tragedy. You make the spectators cheer and also you can touch their hearts, target them emotionally you can see a tear in the eye.

Here are seven points to keep in mind when engaging in post-dinner talk.

1. Identify your spectators

You can’t just stand up and start speaking. You need to determine where your audience is sitting, how they are outfitted, what are their ages, the ratio of men and women, and the nature of the occasion.

So, before going to speaking you need to do the homework. For instance, if you are going for speaking in any aerospace company, so, you must have the knowledge about aerospace, you must know about the company and other critics associated with it. Sometimes, you might be speaking to the erudite audience, so don’t underestimate that they are anything but.

2. Entertain your viewers, not yourself

There shall be spectators that will oblige you to be politically right, and it might please you to be politically incorrect, though you’re there to offer preference to your viewers, not to tired them over the top or disappoint them. If you’re going to be a bit lively, first confirm with the individual you are going to tease.

Good Idea on a chalkboard photo/ Michael Jarmoluk via pixabay.com

Good Idea on a chalkboard photo/ Michael Jarmoluk via pixabay.com

3. Be sober

You want your intellects about you. I haven’t got a sip of wine. Not a sip!

4. Converse before 11 pm

Public talking is about power – yours as a performer and theirs as a viewer. At 10 pm, they might be smooth. By 11 pm, they might be tired. Criticism is easy to treat with if you are an old fellow: if the viewers have caught the criticism, then reply to it, sharply and rapidly.

5. Don’t be imposed on a scripted text

Don’t go to speak with a script instead adapt to the situation. Use cards with important points mentioned. In the break, go through the point you have written and read through the prepared materials. Keep cards in your pocket so you can keep an eye to your viewers.

6. Don’t get nervous

It took about 120 second to catch the audience and pace yourself. Stand at the front, take shoulders back, head should be high and stomach must be in. Look at the audience until they are silent, then communicate with clearance, conviction and friendliness.

7. Don’t outstay your welcome

No one will complain you that your speech was very short. People usually want you to speak long as they want to worth for which they have spent the money. Try to talk for 45-60 mins as it is the average time range not to feel the audience that your speech was short or too long to make the audience exhausted. But you should entertain the spectators, not the bookers.

There are plenty of characteristics of a great speech, often end speeches seriously and try to amuse people. Public often think an after dinner speaker must entertain and there has to be a lot of laughter, but you should remember one golden rule that if you’re speaking to doctors, don’t make jokes about doctors – they might have heard and will feel bored.

Author: Ravi Kumarr Gupta

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