What Do You Say in the Closing Remarks?

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When giving a speech, closing remarks reiterate the main focus of the speech without repeating things verbatim. Make those key points in a memorable way, such as telling a relevant story or inviting the audience to take action.

Let the audience know the speech is concluding, and then keep it short. Closing remarks are what audiences remember most, so tie things up in an unusual way. Tell an interesting anecdote that relates to your main points. If the speech is about a problem, appeal to the audience to find a solution. Practice beforehand so that the speech is more engaging and more likely to hold the audience’s attention.