Pace, coupled with a clear structure is the secret to putting complex ideas into a format that is easy to understand.
Proper pace is needed as there is a delay between the words being spoken and the time it takes for them to be absorbed and understood. Attention to diction and pronunciation helps to achieve a suitable pace. The narrative must be interspersed with pauses to give it space and allow it to breathe.
A structure that follows a sequential and logical format will free the minds of your audience to follow and be absorbed in what you are saying.
Here is an example of a structure that could be used when you are unexpectedly asked to, “Say a few words,” on a topic you are familiar with but only have 10minutes to prepare.
Structuring Your 2 mins Speech.
State: Your claim/argument/point of view/stance.
Explain. Why? Validate your claim. .
Main Point : The essense of what you are saying.
Support material for main point: (Backup your claim with facts, statistics, quotes or stories).
- Point 1: Reinforce your claim with evidence.
- Point 2:
- Point 3:
Wrap it up with a skillful conclusion. Reinforce your message in a memorable way.
An example of the structure being put into practice.
State: Paragliding is the most amazing thing you could ever do.
Explain: Who would like to fly like a bird? Leonardo Da Vinci did. In the 1500’s he designed and built some magnificent flying contraptions but was not quite able to realise his dream. Today anyone can learn to fly. Simply enroll for a beginners course at a paragliding school and within a week you’ll be doing a solo flight from a height of 800metres.
Main Point: Paragliding is a skill which requires understanding and collaboration with the forces of nature. The air that surrounds us.
- It brings with it an appreciation and respect for Nature.
- Being in the mountains is beautiful and healthy.
- The camaraderie. With my licence I could go to places like New Zealand and join up with groups going out for a weekend of camping and flying.
Conclusion: Paragliding besides being exhilerating requires total awareness to what is going on in the present and the ability to adapt to an ever changing invisible force-The Wind.