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Woman confused by speech that lacks a central pointHow many times, after sitting through a speech, have you asked yourself “What was that about?” or simply thought “Huh?”

Having a point and being able to express it clearly isn’t the only skill required of speakers, but it is one of the most¬†important skills.

If people can’t figure out what you’re talking about or what you’re getting at, they’ll stop listening to you. They’ll lose respect for you. And they won’ t do, think, or feel what you want them to.

This is the test of an effective speech: Can you say in one sentence (in 10 to 20  words) what it was about?

(There are, of course, other questions to ask, but only after you have first answered that question.)

Unfortunately, many presentations fail that most basic test. For example… Continue Reading…

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