How to Begin and End a Talk

Learn how to begin and end a conversation with another person.

This article provides tips for starting and ending a talk.

How to Begin a Talk

i. Set up a good relationship with the audience. ‘Be friendly, look friendly,
sound friendly’.

ii. Grab the attention of the audience with an incident, a “slice of life” from your own experience.

iii. Arouse curiousty/build up the theme.

iv. Present arresting facts or catchy statements.

v. Make it more interactive; ask questions.

How to end a Talk

i. When you have said what you wanted to say, STOP! Speaking is like drilling for water: when you have struck water, stop boring. “be clear, be brief, be seated”.

ii. Go back to the story/incident with which you started. Connect the main point of your talk with it and finish.

iii.Often a little summary is helpful. “Tell them what you are going to tell them, and then tell them what you told them.

iv. Have a strong finish. The last words will remain in their minds.

v. Don’t leave the speaker’s stand while saying the last few words. After the last word, pause for just a moment and then leave the platform with purpose decision.

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Author: Karthika M18 May 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

It will be useful to the new speakers.

Author: Abdul Sathar18 May 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Your article is useful for a normal man. An actor should read how to begin a talk

Author: Ebrahim25 May 2008 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2

Good article. The tips can be useful while talking to a boring and extra talkative person who one meets during any occasion. Thank you.

Author: Shanthi M29 May 2008 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

Your article is very useful for taking seminars and presentations.
Thank you

Author: Raghav30 May 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

HI Olufemi,
As Shanthi said, Your article is really useful for people who are new to seminars and conferences> I agree with Shanthi. Thank you for the article

Author: helpu31 May 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Very Nice Article.This is very good.

Author: Prasad07 Jun 2008 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Good Information. Thanks to give enough of knowledge to us.

Author: n.poomagal08 Jun 2008 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

very nice and useful post.this ll help me lot

Author: Karpagam09 Jun 2008 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2

Hey it's again a nice one from you. Definitely it will give a good impression on the first meet. I like to follow it right now.


Author: RajmiArun16 Jul 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Public speaking is definitely an art, and you have highlighted how to start and how to end. Thats a nice piece of article. One more small thing I would like to add, be it a public speaking or a one to one talk, always make eye contact with the audience and have a positive body language.

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