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How To Listen & Give The Perfect Speech

We’ve probably all been there before when you’re listening to a speech and thought it had good promise, it doesn’t quite hit where you’d hoped it would. When you’re giving a speech, no matter if it’s in your workplace or outside, you need to make sure that people are listening and engaged. But equally as important is listening to others, but there are a few telling signs to understand whether or not this speech is going to be worth your time.

What you and your audience will get

Every great speech should provide both the speaker and the audience with what they are intending to cover within the first few moments of the speech beginning. It shouldn’t just be your audience taking something away from the speech, but also the speaker, if your speech doesn’t have this, then it might be worth going back and thinking about it.

Use emotion

Emotion is a big persuader for people in a range of different situations. Some of the old-school business owners tend to think that emotions and business don’t mix and they couldn’t be further from the truth. Emotions let you understand how you should feel about certain scenarios and what you should be thinking.

But when it comes to speeches, they’re usually associated with upbeat motivation so they can really make their points across and go through a range of emotional connections.

You want to use these emotions and create the right atmosphere for your audience to ensure that they’re fully engaged. If you’re the listener, then you can judge whether or not these emotions are something that pulls you in almost instantly. If not, then the speech might not be specifically for you.


Naturally, when your excited or even nervous, our speech usually quickens. This then causes us to talk at a super-fast speed with us thinking that everything we’re saying, others can hear, when realistically it come across as not trustworthy or prepared.

Take a minute to regain your composure and slow your speech down. Slower speeches have a calming effect and provide the listeners with much more time to comprehend what’s just been said.

Practice and ensure that you’re going at a speed which is understandable to the listeners.

Use the right lingo

There’s no point using jargon that your audience isn’t going to understand otherwise whey are they going to pay any attention? You need to know what phrases and keywords your audience is going to pick up on, which shouldn’t be too difficult if you’ve already analysed your target market.

You’ll know what their behaviours are like and how they can react. Don’t lose them by using unnecessary jargon that switches their attention to off. Stick to what they know and want to hear. If you’re listening to a speaker and they’re using jargon you don’t understand, then it might not be for you.

Hit them with facts

Facts are great, if you’re a listener and your hit with some straight hard facts to something you’re interested in, then you’re ears perk up and you want to hear more.

As a speaker, you should be trying to get important facts into your speech that are going to pull who you want listening in and keep them listening.

When speaking, towards the start is when you should try and hit your audience with some major facts that are really going to make them take an interest.

You need to ensure that when speaking, you ensure that you’re hitting your audience with exactly what they want. If you don’t, then why are they going to stick around and listen.

As a listener, you should listen to the tone of voice they’re using to see whether or not this speech is for you. Use the areas above to analyse and quickly decide whether or not it’s worth your time.

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