Your closing remarks are not something that you should take lightly, this is a crucial moment in your speech. However, instead of viewing it as a stressful burden, it should be viewed as a major opportunity. Although it’s a critical last chance to share a message with your audience, one thing to remember when writing your conclusion is not to overthink it. The conclusion is a section where you want to wrap everything up, and reiterate your key points. By mentioning these key points a second time at the end of your speech, your audience is more likely to pick up on them and remember them in the future.
For example, if your speech featured some interesting stats or stories, be sure to mention those a second time in your concluding statements. After you finish sharing your message, the end of your presentation is a great time to give your audience a call to action. Give them something that they can do following your speech, to take action on whatever they have learned, and ultimately spread the message. An example of this is if your speech is on the fast-growing landfills in our country, encourage the audience to recycle more. Depending on your speech topic, one way to get a better result out of this call to action is to frame it as a challenge. You’re individually challenging each member of the audience to do something, to change in some way following your speech. Many people are more likely going to respond to a challenge as opposed to a mere suggestion as a challenge activates our innate sense of competition and potential for accomplishment by completing this task. The best part about a conclusion is that after is it said, you’re done! You survived speaking in public, and have come to realize that the more you practice the easier it gets.