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Speeches by Management

Managers encounter a variety of speaking situations in the work environment. This manual offers instruction in giving briefings, preparing and presenting technical speeches, motivating a team, giving a status report, and speaking to a hostile group.

1. The Briefing

Time: 3-5 minutes, plus 2-3 minutes for Q&A
  • Organise your briefing material, tailoring it to your audience’s needs
  • Give a briefing according to a specific objective (explain, instruct, persuade or report) so the audience will have an understanding of the information.
  • Effectively handle a question-and-answer session following the briefing.

2. Appraise with Praise

Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Give a speech demonstrating the importance of how you personally use feedback techniques in your daily life
  • Use constructive evaluation to help someone improve their performance
  • Offer support to empower them to change.

3. Persuade and Inspire

Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Understand the concept of motivation.
  • Use the described strategies to align the audience’s goals with your objective
  • Deliver a motivational speech and influence your audience to a specific action

4. Communicating Change

Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Introduce a new idea or change to established operations or methods
  • Show the audience how the change will benefit them
  • Overcome any resistance to the new idea and gain the audience’s support

5. Delivering Bad News

Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Deliver bad news with tact and sensitivity
  • Organise your speech appropriately for your audience
  • Conclude with a pleasant note and maintain the audience’s goodwill