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Monday, 21 November 2016 00:52

What are some examples of a disorganized speech?

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The Success of Your PresentationThere used to be a module on Speech Organization in the Toastmasters Better Speaker Series. I’m not sure if they still use this example.

A young, city-slicker, travelling salesman was delivering a sales pitch to a group of older farmers.

After his pitch was over, he waited … and waited. Eventually, one of the farmers stood up, cleared his throat and said “Well young fellar, you sure know a lot and you had an awful lot to say but we prefer a fellar that bales his hay before he delivers it!”

That story has stuck with me over the years.

A good speech has three key elements: opening, body & conclusion.

Disorganization can occur when a speech doesn’t follow a logical order. There needs to be a smooth transition between each of the sections. A simple formula is past, present and future. If you are delivering a speech using that format, it easy for your audience to get their head wrapped around that concept. We live that way day to day.

However, if you mix up the order, or go back and forth between time frames, it can be confusing for your audience to process which time you are currently talking about.

Another example of disorganized speech is where the speaker talks about one idea, goes on to another or perhaps to even one more, then refers back or provides more detail about the first idea. The audience is unable to process exactly where they are on the timeline.

Yet another example is where the speaker concludes the speech i.e. reaches the climax of their speech, which should lead up to the conclusion, except that they start providing more details. This is called an anti-climax. This not only can confuse the audience but they are left wondering “I thought the speech was over …”

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