Foundational Phrase is the Fundamental Foundational base on which you set up and build your speech
Opening: Have you ever considered why many speakers confuse and lose their audiences? Many may answer: because they do not speak with conviction, because they have poor body language, because they do not connect by involving the audience, and so on. Although many of these points are valid, they are definitely NOT the main reason.
The main reason these speakers lose their audiences is because they themselves are lost; they have not done the necessary preliminary mental work and formulated a solid crystal clear foundational phrase supported by other points.
Promise: When you have formulated a very clear concise message for your speech which serves as the foundation for all your points, you will be looked upon as a high caliber speaker. Your audiences will be inspired to follow you since your message will be memorable.
Roadmap: This month we will examine the foundational phrase by looking at the important questions you need to ask yourself at the start of a speech's creation and look at an analogy for clarification.
So you have a speech or presentation to prepare- You've already determined the makeup and needs of your target audience; it is important for you to create compelling content; where do you go from there?
Start by creating a crystal clear FOUNDATIONAL PHRASE which is, in fact, your take away message for your audience.
Questions you need to ask yourself to ensure that your foundational phrase, which is actually the take away message for your audience, is crystal clear and concise:
An analogy that can possibly clarify this extremely important point of creating a foundational phrase and its supporting points is as follows.
My challenge to you: next time you have a speech or presentation to prepare, ensure that you have a crystal clear foundational phrase...fewer than 10 words. Strongly, focus on it because when you do, your mind will then attract points to support it. Compile all ideas by recording them, and discard the ones that are not needed. Don't worry that you'll be inundated with a multitude of thoughts/ideas/stories. I've learned to create a message, you first need to create a mess!! So if you have a mess, you're on the right track to formulating a message!
Because the foundational phrase is 1 of 5 parts of the P.A.R.T.S. Formula which provides you with a format to develop compelling content, you may wish to discover the rest of the formula by investing in the book below. (By the way, my July 2009 newsletter covers the A of the PARTS formula.)
Join us next month, when we examine the letter "G" as it relates to another speaking skill. In the meantime, happy speaking!
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