How to Deliver a Speech

By Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi certainly knows how to deliver a great speech. The 2014 Toastmaters International champion of public speaking reveals three keys to delivering the most effective speech.


Thanks to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi for providing the tips; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made is possible to include the video and links in this post.

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Body Language

I am not much of a cat person, but the video made me think about the behaviors of people — especially those of us who wish to improve our speaking. In general, people who use body language well are more like to capture the attention of their audience than the people who do not use their body language to enhance a speech. To discover what cats can teach you about body language, watch the following video.

What does your body language say about you?

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I See Something In You

Although we learn many important skills throughout life, in my mind the single most important skill is the ability to communicate. It is impossible to imagine any situation, other than being a complete recluse, in which communication is not an essential part of daily living. If you interact with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, politicians, constituents, contractors, or anybody else, you use some form of communication. One of the many benefits of joining a Toastmasters club is to learn, and refine, communication skills (including the confidence to use the skills you learn).

The following video provides a fantastic example of how a Toastmasters-trained speaker uses words, vocal variety, body language, gestures, eye contact, and movement to capture the attention of an audience, deliver a memorable message, and communicate effectively.

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