Writing the conclusion to a speech
Since the audience often remembers best what they heard last, your conclusion is the last key piece to building a successful speech.
At this point, you need to summarize your main points:
- Here, you need to tell them what you told them.
- Again, remember to use the keywords used in the body of your speech and in the introduction.
Here, too, you’ll want to remind your audience of the benefits of what you’ve told them:
- If you’re preparing to deliver an informative speech, you’ll simply want to reiterate your desire to raise their awareness.
- If a persuasive speech is what you’re after, then you may want to encourage them to take action of some sort.
Regardless of your speech’s intent, you must provide a sense of closure, perhaps by returning to your introduction’s attention-getter.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.