Many Types of Support
There are many ways you can support or clarify your ideas when you are speaking. Variety makes for the best speech, so use some numbers, some specific examples, and some explanations. Make sure your sources are reliable and appropriate.
Here are explanations of a few speaking techniques:
Quotations: Less is More
Quotations can be very powerful, but you don’t want to overuse them. Choose the best three or four quotes from a variety of sources. Also, make sure you can pronounce the name of the person you are quoting correctly!
When you define a term for your audience, don’t quote the dictionary. Put the definition in your own words and give examples of it.
Use Everyday Comparisons
When you are speaking, try to use less complicated comparisons. For example, when Leo Durocher was manager of the Dodgers, he was asked to explain one of his decisions. He replied, “Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand.” He made a simple comparison that his audience could understand.
Powerful Personal Examples
If you are giving a speech about something that is meaningful to you, you can let your audience know why it is so important to you. You can say “I am left-handed, and my grandfather, mother, and cousin are all left-handed.” However, you should think about whether personal examples are appropriate for your audience.