What’s with the Poor Commencement Addresses?

4 Speaking Lessons YOU Can Master!

Lately, I’ve sat through my share of commencement addresses. The good news? My son graduated! The bad news: most of these speeches were awful, but could have better if only the speaker had avoided a few deadly sins of speaking.

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4 Secrets to Speaking Better

  1. Start Strong – You don’t need to be brilliant at the beginning of your talk. In fact, if you start at such a high note, there’s only one way to go: DOWN! But, telling the audience your initial thoughts about thinking of giving your talk (really!)  is just tedious and boring. Try instead a relevant story, startling statistic, or an interesting anecdote.

  2. Don’t Assume You’re G-d – Just because you got asked to give a speech doesn’t mean you’re above everyone else or have all of the answers. Adopt a self-deprecating tone as Matt Damon did last week at MIT; he asked the graduates if they thought he was the perfect candidate to hear advice from. After all, he quipped that he has the credential of voicing a cartoon horse. (see Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)

  3. Don’t Judge Your Own Story – Never say, “here’s a funny story;” you just get to tell it…the audience determines if they laugh.

Stop “concluding” already and just end your #speech! Click To Tweet

  1. Stop Concluding – You want your audience so interested in your talk that they lose track of time. “In conclusion” adds no value; it just lets them know that you’re finally coming to an end.

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