Many speakers and speech coaches (me included) have written about the proper methods to structure a presentation. – grab the audience’s attention, provide compelling material to keep their interest, and conclude with a call to action.
In an ideal world, you’ll have time to take a message that is important to you, craft it, practice, get feedback, make adjustments and repeat the process until you have a masterpiece.
Sometimes, you don’t have time for all of that preparation. When you’re in a situation in which you have to deliver an impromptu speech, it’s important to have a proven, repeatable process at hand.
One of the best recent examples of this was a post-game speech delivered by Dave Belisle. He was the coach of the Cumberland Americans, a Little League team from Cumberland, Rhode Island. The team had just experienced a heart-breaking loss in the Little League World Series.
Immediately after the last out had been recorded, he gathered the team together and delivered a speech that has since gone viral, and touched the hearts of people all over the world. The essence of his message was this: “ I’m so proud of you and the effort you gave today, and throughout this tournament. You played hard, you never quit and you played the game the right way. These are lessons you’ll take with you the rest of your life. You can hold your heads high”
Watch the video and you’ll see the framework of a great speech. He captured his audience’s attention right away. He gave supporting evidence for his main point. He shared wisdom that will impact his audience far beyond the moment. He concluded on an up note.
I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Belisle, but based on my research of his background, I’m sure he’d tell me that he never rehearsed those words. He has most likely given many other speeches like this one to other teams he has coached.
Repetition of a basic message, based upon a repeatable process, gives you the foundation of a presentation that can leave a lasting impact. If you want to create a speech that touches lives far beyond the moment it’s delivered, I can think of no better example than that of Dave Belisle.
To see the speech, click here.
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