I listened to a number of presentations from different kids and was amazed by a number of things.
- Using limited resources can work – PowerPoints are not necessary
- The short, clean presentations scored the best.
- The best speeches outlined their points in the beginning and summarized them at the end.
- The best speeches engaged the audience through laughter
- Coaching and Leadership makes all the difference
- More work is spent outside of school time and class time for team to be successful.
- Preparing a speech is a lot of work
- Judging is very subjective and can vary substantially
- Know your audience and make sure to make eye contact with them.
- Be different, don’t use someone’s canned presentation.
Looking at this list, I can quickly make comparisons to the blogs that I post and the way I talk to others about those posts and other topics. A lot of these speech principles apply.
- Instead of a 5- 8 minute speech, I work with limited characters like 300- 500 word blogs and tweets, ( >140 characters)
- Instead of displays, graphics and supporting materials, I work with links and pictures.
- People are judging you by your posts all of the time. Stay Professional
- Be different and make sure you make your point as clear as possible.
- I also think keeping your message short and simple is the best way to be effective and to help your client, (judge) remember your message.
In summary, communication whether at a speech contest or online takes a lot of work and often times people are grading us on our ability to communicate clearly and to be accountable for our communication.