How to Deliver a Knockout Speech
Knowing how to deliver a knockout speech is a prerequisite for any top exec. We asked Spanx founder Sara Blakely, who delivers on average 20 speeches a year, for her no-fail tips on how to command the room and wow a crowd.
"I discovered that something happened when you were speaking in a room that could not happen on the printed page." -Gloria Steinem
ARRIVE EARLY If you're speaking at a conference, you're likely an important person with a busy schedule. Don't rush in to an important speech take a quiet moment to calm nerves and gather thoughts.
PULL YOUR HAIR BACK Nothing's more distracting then constantly brushing away bangs or gasp! twirling your hair.
SPEECHES ARE LIKE THEATER Your job is to inform, inspire, and entertain. So whether you're addressing buttoned-up execs or a more relaxed crowd, use clever quips to hold their attention.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE STAGE When addressing a large group for longer than a few minutes, don't just stand behind the podium. Walk around it keeps the energy high and allows you to connect with the entire audience.
WEAR A BOLD COLOR These days, large conference rooms are usually outfitted with video screens, which project the speaker's image to the room's far reaches. So what you wear matters. Pick a color that pops on camera, and apply makeup more heavily than normal to avoid looking washed-out.