First remember the medium we use – the human voice. For a good delivery we must use our voice in the best possible way employing variety in pitch, volume and pace. We must also have interesting words to attract interest from the audience. A challenging task indeed!
Exactly how to produce a good delivery starts with the assembly of the words of your first sentence. For this we must address HOW we structure our speech. This itself will follow from the subject and what we feel about it. Are we angry? Do we want to make out opinion known? Is this a challenge to our audience? Are we trying to inspire, effect change or simply draw attention to some important point?
Each of these will encourage a different way to start.
I think gender equality has gone too far!
I think minority groups have too much influence on society!
Should we ban HGVs in bad weather?
I’m going to tell you a secret!
So a prime requisite of a good delivery is having a good form of words.
Look at how Winston Churchill delivered his speeches composed of simple words but spoken with passion. We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…
So we need a good subject, we need a good strong start to waken the audience and we need the right words to keep the audience in our grip.
Perhaps the most important ingredient in a good delivery is how you appear to the audience. If we look interesting the audience will be interested. We should use our body as well as our hands for gestures.
For impact stand up straight with head held high. For rapport a more gentle welcoming stance will help and a smile will add impact.
Avoid “excluding” gestures and employ “including” gestures. Take the audience with you. Engage with them, look them in the eye and take in the entire room.
Asking questions is a good ploy but be careful of the smarty in the audience who might answer out loud.
Above all we should use all the skills we learn as speakers to produce a good delivery: use of voice; the best form of words; good, clear construction; appropriate gestures – body, face and hands and perhaps the most important element is enthusiasm. If you don’t feel passion for your subject the audience will realise that swiftly.
Even if you are not enthusiastic about your subject – fake it!!!!
All the earlier mentioned techniques will fail if you look bored or don’t speak with passion.
Tonight I’m going to tell you why I love aeroplanes!!!! It’s because they are brilliant!!!
In conclusion, a good delivery stems from a good script, good acting, a good use of gestures and a belief in what you are saying. In short a good delivery is a result of a performance!
Try this next time you are asked to speak.