How to conclude your speech

Public speaking can be daunting for most people. However, knowing how to structure your speech can help ease the nerves.  The beginning and conclusion of your speech are important as they’re a great opportunity to set the tone and leave a lasting impression. Here’s some tips shared by Rudo Motsi on How to conclude your speech:

  • A quote at the end of your speeches adds authority, but it must be relevant to your speech
  • Have a short story at the end of your speech (it can be personal)
  • Call to action – your audience must know what you expect them to do at the end of your speech
  • Rhetorical questions at the end forces the audience to think
  • Link the beginning of your speech to the end to add emphasis on points made
  • Summarise all important points to reinforce the message
  • Memorise your conclusion
  • Do not add any additional points

“Great is the art of beginning but greater is the art of the ending” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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