An initial weakness of any emerging public speaker is getting attention. But you can focus the listeners' attention by using the following memory retention techniques:
l Repeating a point - with deliberate emphasis.
l Using a visual aid or a prop - these should not overshadow your speech though.
l Dramatisation (acting out a point or explanation).
l Using examples.
l Choosing appealing words or phrases that will be remembered.
Another deficiency for those who are still finding their feet in the public speaking business is maintaining interest, but you can use the following methods to keep your audience's attention:
l Illustrate by means of vivid words or explanations.
l Humour can be used to emphasise a point.
l Dramatise a part of your speech, but avoiding overacting.
l Where appropriate, refer to your own experiences or those of well-known personalities.
And remember, rehearsing your speech is particularly important. -Victor Mecoamere