Actually people remember best the first part and the last part of your talk. It’s the middle that can get rather blurry. Your introduction sets the tone and people decide how much they want to listen to you. Your ending strongly shapes how people remember you.
It’s highly worthwhile to invest some time to develop an energetic ending to your talk.
- a quotation
- a question
- call to action (indispensable for sales)
- a story
- a surprising fact or statistic
You want to end with something that has personal meaning for you.
You really catch people’s attention when you annouce you’re about to conclude the talk. They now know it’s about to end so they’re encouraged to listen more closely.
(Hopefully you’re leaving them hungry for more.)
After telling the audience this fabulous talk is about to be over. SHUT UP. That’s right. Pause for a few seconds. A pause adds drama. Then they’ll be sitting on the edges of their seats.
And here’s a really powerful secret. No matter what you’re afraid of, no matter how you feel, act like this is the most fun talk you have ever given.
If you act confident, your audience will assume you rocked. Your energy is contagious!
Now sock it to them. Knock them over. End with a bang!