When delivering a very important message, it is mandatory to get straight to the point and not fuss around. This rings true to motivational speakers, since they are the harbingers of positive changes. After all, would one a speaker if the speeches he/she makes are built like a complicated web that goes nowhere?
They key to hammering down the important concepts in a motivational speech is the utilization of something called the one-point speech. A one-point speech simply involves the discussion of one particular point. Due to its nature, it is usually short and can be delivered in five minutes or less.
Motivational speakers should realize that their speeches that can stretch for many minutes are actually composed of multiple one-point speeches. One point or concept can be delivered across, one at a time, so that the audience can keep up the pace.
There are three parts in a one-point speech: the statement of the actual point, the support or proof of that point, and the restatement of that point. With this structure, there is no fluff that will unnecessarily pad the speech and the audience will not be bored out of their minds from having to listen to that fluff.
An alternate take on the three parts of the one-point speech goes like this: saying what is about to be said, saying what must be said, and saying what was said. In terms of tense, the sequence goes from future tense to present tense to past tense – all while doing one specific action: saying the actual point. This may sound repetitious, but for an audience with a short attention span, this take on the sequence can be useful for the audience to comprehend.
Yet another take on the one-point speech implements the same structure that is found on an essay. There is the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. For the craftiest of writers who are also orators, a speech is essentially an essay being read aloud in front of a live audience.
No matter the interpretation, the most important thing in the one-point speech is the support or justification for that single point being delivered. For example, if the point being delivered across the audience is “performing an action is a decision in itself”, the speaker can elaborate on why doing something is better than doing nothing. He can state that regardless of the positive or negative consequences of the action-enabled decision being made, the doer can still bask in the belief that he or she at least tried. After all, noting ventured, nothing gained.
As stated before, the simplicity of the one-point speech means that motivational speakers can string many of them into one major speech, while implementing some needed breaks and intermissions for variety. The audience will easily digest the points being made in the carefully-prepared sequence of one-point speeches that are compiled into a major speech. And while the structure of a one-point speech is simple enough for even grade school students, some embellishments can be added. One such embellishment is the use of transitions. These transitions can be inserted in between the many one-point speeches that comprise a major speech. For example, after finishing discussing the point, the speaker can say “Next, we can move on to…” and then discussing the next point. Transitions ensure the general linear harmony that is needed for the audience to comprehend what the speaker has just said.
The one-point speech is an essential ingredient for motivational speakers to compel their audience to change for the better and make progress in their lives. Since the points are broken down and structured into bite-size chunks with a certain harmony, the audience will realize that many steps must be taken as a means of self-improvement in general.
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