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Public Speaking Training: Making an Announcement While Keeping Your Listeners Interested

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

One of the most common forms of public speaking is making announcements. Making and hearing announcements is a daily occurrence for many workplaces, clubs and volunteer organizations. They are so common, in fact, that we often forget about all the things that make the announcement, short or long, an effective form of presentation. Whether your announcement is about a research breakthrough, a new company policy or the events at the annual picnic, an announcement should do two things:

It should give clear information about the subject at hand.

It should get listeners interested, preferably even excited.

If the information part featured in your announcement is detailed (dates, times, places or procedures for example), fit the specifics into the oral presentation as softly and swiftly as possible, preferably toward the very end of the announcement, since we humans tend to turn off our ears at the mere hint of a piece of data. Support it or follow it up with a visual reinforcement, such as a slide or a handout. Dates and numbers become much more real and accessible to us when we can actually see them. The handout option has the advantage of take-home value for your listeners, if you really want them to remember those details.

An announcement should, much like other forms of presentation, always build to a crescendo at the end. Build excitement and enthusiasm for the announcement. That finale should also always include an upbeat invitation for listeners to participate - either to attend the event, support the change in procedure, or whatever other outcome you have in mind. To get them excited: raise your voice slightly, pick up your tempo and look 'em straight in the eye, or at least look straight out into your audience and tell them you hope they are all on board.

Other public speaking techniques which help keep up interest in your audience are humour and anecdotes that exemplify the feeling you are trying to engender, whether it is trust or conviviality. It is especially effective if you can think of a good-natured anecdote from within the organization itself, such as "Last year, Bob brought his signature ginger snap cookies... and they were all gone in ten minutes!" These are the items which will help people pay attention and buy into what you are announcing.

Use the next announcement you make as a practice field for improving your public speaking skills. You will be surprised at just how many times the opportunity will come up.

Delva Rebin is part of a family of professional speakers. Collectively, Norm, Delva and Niki Rebin have spoken to, trained or coached over one million people. The biggest question they are asked is: "How can I control my public speaking fears?" To get the answer, visit here: http://www.calmingpublicspeakingnerves.com/sq/7199-50-tips-for-calming-your-public-speaking-nerves.

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