Patrick O’Reilly, based out of Riverside, California, is the president of O’Reilly Public Relations. As president of the Riverside PR firm, Patrick O’Reilly oversees crisis communications efforts, brand marketing campaigns, and speechwriting services.
A specialist in neuroscience, Andrew Newberg, MD, has published what he feels are the eight key components of delivering an effective speech. While the content and message of a speech are important, the method of delivery is equally, if not more, important. Maintaining relaxed eye contact with the audience is an obvious tactic to keep in mind, while having reassuring, kind facial expressions and an inviting tone of voice are two additional ways to hold the audience’s attention. Additional physical cues that should accompany a well-written speech are interactive hand gestures, a calm and relaxed posture, and a steady rate of speaking. Keeping speeches as short as possible is another method of ensuring the audience does not lose interest in the speech.