Tuesday, October 14, 2014

[How to Deliver a Great TED Talk] Post 8: Conclude Your Talk

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     Conclusion is your last chance to give your audience something to remember or to put it into action. It is the final reinforcement for everything you have said. 

Best Practice for Conclusion

  • Tie to your key message. Do not present any new material here. 
  • Focus on your audience. Reemphasize what benefit your audience has got. Present the next easy step they can take, or give a speech of hope. If your key message has two parts, you may say the first part and let the audience think or say to second part. Finally, you may say ‘thank you’ to end your talk.
  • Use shorter phases. Add passion to your voice. Create a sense of urgency. 
  • Callback to your opening to remind your audience of the promise you made.

Example Conclusion Phrases

  • ‘In conclusion, …’
  • ‘And, so we come to the end of our journey today, and to the beginning of your future....’
  • ‘Now, it is time for you to make decision...’
  • ‘But, there is another way...’
  • ‘I'll leave you with this...’
  • ‘This is what I have found...’
  • ‘And, that, I think, is an idea worth spreading. Thank you...’
Source: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan

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