by Teddi McDonald
Secrets to Success in Presenting a
How do you really persuade others to agree with you in a
persuasive speech? First of all, it helps to think carefully about
both sides of the topics you might want to present so that you can cover
your viewpoint effectively. Then choose a subject that you feel
most enthusiastic and positive about. To be persuasive in speeches, you must
be confident and your confidence improves as you understand your
subject more thoroughly.
It helps a lot if you have interest and
enthusiasm for the topic of your persuasive speech, otherwise you
will come across as lacking credibility. If you are convinced of
your own arguments, it's much easier to convince others. You can't
sell someone else on your ideas if you don't believe them
yourself. Use confident words in your speech and let your passion
for the subject of the speech show.
Be sure to think in advance about what
you want to accomplish in your persuasive speech. This will help
you in actually writing the speech. It gives you the focus you need
to stay on a limited topic and not try to include too much
As you're preparing your persuasive
speech, think about a time when you successfully persuaded someone
else to change their mind on a issue where they did not agree with
you. What did you do? What words did you use?
Secrets of Rapport for a Persuasive Speech
What is rapport and why is it especially
important in presenting a persuasive speech? Rapport occurs when you
actually create a space for communication with another person. If
you want to get through to your audience, you start with rapport.
In order to get rapport with your
audience for your persuasive speech, you want to be as much "like"
them as possible. The more they perceive you as "like" them the
more likely they will be to listen to what you have to say and to
be influenced by your opinion.
Ways to make yourself more like you
audience can include the way you dress as well as the way you talk
(speed, tone, tempo) and even the words you actually use in your
speech. Try to find out such details about your audience in
advance of presenting your persuasive speech.
A good way to start your persuasive
speech and to help gain initial rapport with your audience is to
use an anecdote or personal story that relates to the topic. Then,
move into the background of the issue and the facts underlying
The Power of Building
Up Audience Acceptance
in a Persuasive Speech
Once you have all the convincing facts
for your persuasive speech in front of your audience, then make
your major point of either a solution or your opinion. Thus you
have built the audience up to a point where they will be much more
likely to accept what you say than they would be if you had not
prepared the ground for your final points.
Adjust the pace of your persuasive speech
when you think your audience may be losing interest. Sometimes a
little more energy in your voice will wake up your audience and
keep them interested.
As you go through the process of
preparing your persuasive speech, it's important to keep in mind
the fact that you are talking to people. It is not a one-sided
activity but rather an interactive one.
If you approach your audience with a
positive attitude, enthusiasm and a well researched and organized
persuasive speech, you are almost guaranteed success!
Teddi McDonald has
been a copywriter, marketer (Internet and off line),
sales trainer and public speaker for over 12 years. She studied with Jay Abraham, writes
sales-grabbing copy, and has led many clients to online success.
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