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Monday, 15 August 2016 01:51

What distinguishes a good speech?

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 What distinguishes a good speech? Article by Rae Stonehouse.Simply put, a good speech is one that achieves its purpose. I will add the caveat that it is one that has been received by the majority of your listening audience as being good.

As a speaker, we have quite a bit of control as to the preparation, the organization and the delivery of the speech. We strive to be present and in the moment to deliver the best speech that we can, or at least we should be.

We don’t have any control as to how the audience, specifically individual members of the audience, receive and perceive our message. From our perspective as speakers from the stage, we may see lots of smiling faces that seem to be hanging on every word we say. However, in any audience, there will be people who are not ‘in the moment.” They may be focussing on something all together different. Perhaps a personal crisis going on in their life.

They may even have taken offense at a point or a comment that you made and are turning it over and over in their head. The final decision is up to them as to whether they believe that you delivered a great speech, or not.

We see it over and over again in the movie industry. Some critics will absolutely love a movie. Two thumbs up! Others, feel the movie bombed. Three thumbs down! I’m left wondering where that third thumb came from … Its great and it bombed! How can that be? Each of us has our filters of likes, dislikes, biases, prejudices and personal experience that we use to rate everything that we experience in life.

When it comes to my own speeches I have adapted the view of great, greater and greatest. I’ve delivered a lot of so-so speeches in my personal journey to hone my speaking craft. I actively work the system i.e. Toastmasters program and my speeches continue to improve. I have been told by some of my audience members that a specific speech was great. I strive to make each speech greater than the one before it. I often deliver the same speech to different audiences and try to incorporate the recommendations made by my previous evaluators.

I believe in the concept of CANEI (continuous and never ending improvement) promoted by Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy. My greatest speech is sometime off in the future. And likely, I will try to make it greater by doing it again and improving upon it.

I strive for excellence, not perfection …

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Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books:

Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

PROtect Yourself!PROtect Yourself! Empowering Tips & Techniques for Personal Safety: A Practical Violence Prevention Manual for Healthcare Workers.

E=Emcee SquaredE=Emcee SquaredTips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth


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