Generic Speech Outline:
- Supporting Point One
- Supporting Point Two
- Supporting Point Three
Oklahoma volunteer speaks at a concert:
- Tell them what you’re going to say
- Tell them
- Tell them what you’ve said
When the public is aware of certain facts, action for the world’s poor tends to occur. We need your help raising awareness of the key information on global poverty that is outlined below. Your speech can focus on one of these points, or incorporate them all.
- Tackle Myths & Pessimism: There is nothing complicated about improving living conditions for people suffering in abject poverty. Global poverty has been drastically reduced in recent years and there are many success stories of conditions being improved for families, villages and entire countries. The Borgen Project is challenging public and political pessimism in the U.S. and addressing the frequent justifications given as to why the U.S. isn’t doing more to address global poverty.
- Promoters of Possibility: The Borgen Project promotes innovations in poverty reduction and builds awareness of successes occurring.
- Address the “Hero Goggles”: The public drastically overestimates what is being done to address global poverty. On average, Americans estimate that 20% of the federal budget goes to foreign aid; in reality less than 1 percent goes to assisting the world’s poor. For political pressure to rise, the public needs to be aware of current shortcomings.
- Strategic Reasons for U.S. Involvement: The U.S. should prevent 25,000 children from dying each day, because the U.S. canprevent 25,000 children from dying each day. But beyond the humanitarian imperative, the United States has a strategic interest in improving the plight of the world’s poor. The Borgen Project is building awareness of the Economic, National Security and Diplomatic reasons for strong U.S. leadership in addressing global poverty.
- Find quotes about global poverty and foreign aid.
- U.N. speaker resources for discussing global issues.
How to Give a Great Speech
(Forbes) – Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube. Five years after he delivered it, a text version still flies around the Web. The speech is as powerful for its message–stay hungry, stay foolish–as it is for its structure and delivery. “Today I want to tell you three stories from my life,” says Jobs. “That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.” And with that, viewers (and readers) are hooked.
Future public speakers of the world, take note. You don’t have to be a Silicon Valley billionaire to deliver a great speech. The best speeches include a clear, relevant message and a few great stories to illustrate it.
Forget fancy PowerPoint presentations and loads of data. Instead, keep your speech simple, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Focus on one theme, and eliminate everything else. “Speeches are an inefficient form of communication,” says Nick Morgan, the president of Public Words, Inc., and author of Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma. “People don’t remember much of what they hear, so focus and keep it simple.”
Use anecdotes. “People struggle so mightily writing speeches when all they have to do is find a message and three great stories to prove it,” says Jane Praeger, a Columbia University professor and the president of the speech presentation and coaching firm Ovid Inc. “Those speeches are also easier to deliver because you can recall a story from memory and tell it from your heart. The content has to be inspiring and visual. It should convey emotion and have a particular point of view. If you have the elements of a good speech, your delivery is halfway there.”
Be relevant to your audience. Ask yourself what problem the audience wants to solve, and talk about that problem first. “Then and only then, talk about your area of expertise as the solution to that problem,” says Morgan. “Audiences start off by asking why. Why am I here? Why should I care? If you answer those questions early, then they’ll ask how. Your job is to answer the why question first and then address the how.”
Articulate your words, regardless of your natural speaking style. “Authenticity is key,” Praeger says. “You can’t be someone you’re not. On the other hand, you can be your best self. Softness doesn’t detract from a speech if you’re committed to what you’re saying. Passion, commitment and conviction are critical for delivery, and you can do that whether you’re soft-spoken or not. Any number of delivery styles will work.”
Practice your speech beforehand. “You would do better practicing in the shower and running the speech in your head rather than practicing in front of a mirror, which is distracting,” Praeger says. “You do have to practice out loud, hopefully with a small audience.” Practice replacing deadening filler words like “um,” “so” and “like” with silence.
Work the room. Try to speak to audience members before your speech, so that you can focus on few friendly faces, particularly if you get nervous. “If you’re making eye contact with a friendly person in quadrant one, everyone to their left will think that you’re talking to them,” says Praeger. “Then do the same thing in quadrant two. You want to see your talk as a series of conversations with different people throughout the room.”
Most important, try to enjoy the experience. “The real zen secret is to love what you’re doing in that moment,” says Morgan. “If you can relax and be happy about being there, the audience will feel that way, too.”
Ditch the thank yous, and jump right in. People often make the mistake of starting speeches by thanking the introducer or expressing their happiness at being there. “Instead, jump right in with a framing story that suggests what the topic is without giving it all away, a statistic, a question or some kind of interaction with the audience,” says Morgan. If you know what your speech is about–and it should be about one thing–you should have an easy time deciding on an opening. Get right into the story and let the audience know what your talk will be about.
Use body language that makes you appear comfortable. If you show signs of nervousness, like crossing your arms, or clutching your hands in front of your stomach, your audience will sense your trepidation and be less open to your message. “You have to pretend that you’re having a good time and are open to that audience so that they can have a good time and be open back to you,” says Morgan. “Successful public speaking is all about passion and emotion. If you’re excited, then your audience will be, too.”
Stand up straight. Whether you walk across the stage or stand behind a lectern, try to maintain good posture. “Imagine that your head is being held up by a string,” says Praeger.
3 Clips of Borgen Project Leadership Speaking about the Cause
Christian Thwaites, Board Member and Fmr. CEO of Sentinel Investments
Don Girskis, Board Member and Fmr. Head of Boost Mobile
Clint Borgen, Founder