Closing remarks for a speech need to be powerful, memorable and written to reiterate the opening of the speech. The last few seconds of a speech is generally what most people remember.
Making great closing remarks for a speech is very important for the success of the speech. Speeches are considered great if the entire point of the speech is recollected whenever someone thinks about the presentation. There is a particular balance to follow for giving a speech; one essential element is the closing remarks. The very last part of a speech should include the following:
- A summary
- Refer to the opening
- Refer to the body
- Personalize the speech
- Use rhetoric
Reiterating everything from the speech in a few short sentences is important. It helps the information stick in the audience's minds. Make it a point to go over the main ideas of the speech in the summary.
Ensure that the beginning of the speech leaves something to refer back to at the end of the speech. This is especially important for a speech about numbers or statistics.
Make a reference to the actual body of the speech: to some facts that were discussed earlier during the speech. This will remind the audience of what they learned and will help create layers, as well as complimenting the audience's intelligence.
Find a way to make the speech personal to the audience. Connecting the speech to them individually or as a group can show them the benefits of the speech and any proposed action.
End the speech with a rhetorical question, a call to action or a topic to consider. Most people will continue to think about the final question or proposal, and giving them something to ponder will keep the speech in the forefront of their minds.