Get To The Point, Please! Toastmasters Speech

Get To The Point
Why Give The "Get to The Point" Toastmasters Speech?

All speeches must have a purpose. After all, that is the point of your address. The audience has given up their valuable time to listen to you speak. What is in it for the listeners? What will they learn? What elements will be of use to them after hearing the speech? How can they apply it in their lives?

Read on to discover ways of ensuring you get to the point quickly in your speeches, so you don't bore your audience!​

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What General Purpose Does Your Speech Have?
  • To Inspire
  • To Inform
  • To Entertain

When you are first starting out, I would suggest that you pick one of the three general purpose options above for your speech. Ultimately, the best speakers achieve all three of these objectives in the same speech. For now, pick one and focus on that.

What Specific Purpose Does Your Speech Have?

Once you've decided on a general purpose for your speech, you need to define the particular purpose.

  • To Inspire?
    • What are you aiming to encourage people to do and why?
  • To Inform? 
    • What are you looking to tell your audience?
    • Why should your audience care?
    • How can your relate your subject to something that is of interest to your audience, if they are new to your subject?
    • How can you ensure your speech meets your intended purpose?
  • To Entertain? 
    • How are you going to entertain your audience?
    • Why have you chosen that method?
How Can You Ensure Your Speech Meets Your Intended Purpose?

To make sure that you get to the point quickly and effortlessly, include a brief opening where you state the purpose of your speech.

Here are some examples of ways you can open that informs the listener what you are trying to achieve:

  • Today, I'm going to tell you about the three most important benefits of drinking water and show you how my health has dramatically improved by drinking eight glasses of water every day.
  • Imagine living with your family right now in Kenya, where 3 million people are currently at risk of starvation. In total, 23 million people are starving in parts of east Africa and Yemen. What are you doing to help?

For the rest of your speech, ask yourself the following questions about each paragraph you are including:

  • Why and how is this relevant to my general purpose?
  • Why and how is this relevant to my specific purpose?
  • How is this adding value to my speech, over and above what you are saying in the rest of the speech?
What Personal Stories Can You Include That Helps You Get To The Point?

The more you open up through telling personal stories, the more the audience will empathise with you and your message. For this strategy to work, it's critical you ensure the message behind your story is directly aligned with the message of your speech.

How Can You Use Personal Stories to Help You Get To The Point?
  • Purpose of speech - persuading your listeners to meditate daily
    • tell them a personal story about how meditating daily has made a difference in your life.  What specific aspects of your life improved as a result?
  • Purpose of speech - persuade your listeners to take a first aid course
    • tell them a personal story about how someone you know has benefited from someone who had taken the first aid course.
Not Sure How To Begin Or How To Organize Your Speech?

Check out my blog post reviewing the Toastmasters Ice Breaker speech, that highlights some simple strategies to get you started on your speaking journey!

​This blog post reviews the Toastmasters Organise Your Speech project.  I show you how you can structure your speech to achieve maximum impact.

How Can I Find a Toastmasters Club in Western Australia?

Check out the Toastmasters District 17 website!

How Can I Find a Toastmasters Club anywhere?

Check out the Toastmasters International website!

What Techniques Have You Used To Ensure You Get To The Point In Your Speeches? 

What experiences have you had with this speech? Do you have a success story to share? What are your concerns and worries about this speech?

Please comment below!​

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Martin J O'Connor
 

In 2015, Martin was the District 17 Toastmasters Table Topics Champion and came third in 2014. He was in the District 17 final of the Humorous competition in 2015 and is in the District 17 final of the Evaluation competition in 2017. He is very proud to be a founding member of Competitive Speakers Perth Toastmasters club.