Tips for Speakers

Here you’ll find useful information about public speaking. Toastmasters is a great place to pick up new skills, as well as to hone the public speaking skills you already have. Remember, the most useful tool you have as a public speaker is YOU.

Here you can read an interesting article by the founder of Toastmasters, Purpose Points the Way.

Check out this Ernest Speakers exclusive reprint of Go for the Gold: Sure-Fire Ways to Win Your Next Humorous Speech Contest, written by Scott Roeben. (The article appeared in the March 2001 issue of Toastmasters International magazine.)

Also available exclusively on is a canonical list of Figures of Speech, researched and compiled by member Peter Bunce, DTM.

Organizing Your Speech

What A Successful Opening Does

• It gets the audience’s attention.
• It introduces the topic.
• It helps the audience relate to the speaker’s message.
• It takes five to ten percent of the total speech time.


• Explain why the topic is important.
• Make a surprising statement.
• Create suspense or curiosity.
• Tell a story or anecdote.
• Ask a rhetorical question.
• Begin with a quotation.
• Refer to the occasion.

What A Successful Conclusion Does

• It gives a feeling of closing.
• It reviews the main points.
• It makes an impact.
• It takes five to ten percent of the total speech time.


• End with a quotation.
• Tell a story or anecdote.
• Call for action.
• Ask a rhetorical question.
• Refer to the speech’s opening.
• Summarize your main points.


• Write out your opening and conclusion and memorize them.
• Do not introduce new information that you may have forgotten in the speech’s body when delivering your conclusion.
• End on time.