I call it the PREP formula for speaking. The P stands for POINT, the R stands for REASON, the E stands for EXAMPLE, and the final P stands for POINT. This formula can be used for a one-minute talk, a 90-minute keynote, or for an all day training.
You begin by stating the point you want to make to your audience or your listener(s). You then back that point up with one or more reasons as to WHY you're making that point. Your next step is to provide one or more examples to support each of your reasons. And your final close to your presentation is to restate the point you started out with, in a way that will motivate, inspire or entertain your audience.
So, the next time you're asked to give the toast at a wedding, provide a blessing for a meal, give a project update at work, or give your elevator speech at a networking group, you have a speaking hack that works every time. I even use it to build my training presentations for the work that I do.
Bill Corbett is the founder of the HARTFORD SPRINGFIELD SPEAKER'S NETWORK and an award winning professional speaker who has been speaking since 1995. He has been on stages across the U.S. for everything from brief lectures to keynote speeches to multi-day training events, and was the featured speaker at a conference in The Netherlands in the Fall of 2015. He is a regular contributor to network television affiliates and provides one-on-one speaker coaching for business professionals. Learn more about him and his top-selling Amazon books.