That’s nothing compared to giving a great valedictory speech. They connect with audiences using anecdotes and lots of name-dropping. With that in mind, the key to a great valedictory speech is to keep it simple, short (ten minutes is perfect), mention lots of people by name, tell stories, and practice it so much that you don’t have to read it.Spend just a few minutes on You Tube and you’ll see that most valedictory speeches are boring and, worse, embarrassing. You want to deliver it like you’re having an animated chat with a close friend.
That’s Charlie Lehman’s secret ingredient for stepping into success with his startup company Convex Minds. This month we’re focusing on nerves, a topic that’s close the heart of most public speakers.
Nerves can get your heart pounding and [...] By: Julie Lindsay, Speechworks Category: Other An estimated 10,000 baby boomers leave the workforce every day.
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[Notice that you’re setting up a little three-part structure, letting your listeners know where the speech is going.] I told you that the most important thing that we learned was [Restate the theme.]. Cindy Jones showed us how to track and spend the money.
Let me give you just a couple of examples of what I’m talking about. “In ninth grade with our first pizza drive, we raised a lot of money for homecoming. Fred Williams played a critical role in getting people to turn out for the event with his creative posters.
Here’s a template to pass along to the valedictorian in your life. Over the last four years here at [Insert name of high school.], we have learned a lot. [Insert name of math teacher.] taught us how to [Insert a complicated sounding math thing.]. [Insert name of English teacher.] taught us [Insert interesting tidbit from a favorite piece of literature.]. [Insert name of widely known funny, popular teacher.] taught us [Insert something odd that parents might be surprised to learn.
For example maybe he taught you how to swear in Portuguese.