Inspire? Do it yourself!

Improvising when you talk is impressive, but even more so if you inspire people. Don’t wait until your boss, director or prime minister is ready, do it yourself. Debat.NL helps you with 5 techniques for inspiring speeches.

1. Improvisation? From the heart!

Don’t become the talking part of a PowerPoint. Have courage to sum up personal examples and changing experiences. Talk with your own words. Inspiring is not a language trick.

2. Express what your audience needs

If you express powerfully what truly bothers people, what frightens them or makes them feel insecure and what they desire, then what every speaker wants will happen. Your audience will hear themselves talking in your words. There is no better proof of empathy

3. Tell what you want and why vividly

Don’t just say what you think should be done, say why as well. A vivid sketch of the problems you are tackling thrills everyone. The effect: something has to be done.

4. Sketch the beckoning perspective

Formulate a goal nobody can be against en that is bigger than your or me. Age is not an issue. Malala Yousafza, 16 years, a Pakistani who survived a shot through the head by the Taliban: ‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world’.

5. Explain how everyone can contribute

Who inspires wants action. That’s why asking for everyone’s cooperation is the best climax of your plea. Now is the time…

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