Chapter 6: There's More...

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.
~William Penn

At this point it seems we've covered everything but the kitchen sink. If you've followed the information outlined up until now, you're able to deliver a powerful, compelling presentation that addresses your audience's needs and incorporates the most appropriate, yet exciting, technological tools available. Your appearance is stellar and your delivery is so tight you couldn't unravel it if you tried. It's nearly perfect.

So what else is there? There are just a few extra tips that need to be covered to make this Public Speaking Guidebook complete. This chapter will look at the true beginning of your speech (which is the part where someone else introduces you) and the true closing of your speech (which is really the Q&A or question and answer session).

The focus here is the before and the after. What you need to know is that your speech actually opens way before you hit the stage and there are really two presentations you need to prepare when you're going to speak: your main speech and the question and answer session.

Let's closely examine these areas so you can let your light shine as you enlighten your audience.


Unlike Johnny Carson, you probably won't have the benefit of being introduced by Ed McMahon who enthusiastically belted H-e-r-e-s Johnny! for more than 30 years. Even still, there are a few things you can do to make it easy on the person who is going to introduce you. Remember the 3ps—preparation, purpose, and performance—to keep your introduction on point:

Now that you've been properly introduced, you need to remember to keep your best face forward even after the audience thinks you've officially closed. There's a presentation after the presentation and you need to be ready for an action-packed Q&A session.

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