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Conciseness is an essential skill in public speaking. A concise speech is brief without being empty. Conciseness means stating your points in straightforward and simple language. A concise speech doesn’t have any repetitive words, clutter, and verbosity. It makes speech easier to understand, and it keeps your listeners engaged. In writing a speech, conciseness impacts your delivery. You can learn how to speak concisely with practice.

How to speak concisely

  • Cut out redundant words. Avoid repeating two words that mean the same thing in the same sentence.
  • Avoid using complicated language.
  • Use shorter words
  • Remove unnecessary filler words.
  • Be as straightforward as possible, and avoid overexplaining.
  • Don’t digress too far from your point.
  • Try to work within the timeframe.

How to write a concise speech

  • Practice your speech on someone who can give you feedback
  • Review and shorten your speech as many times as possible
  • Look out for redundant pairs and remove them.
  • Remove qualifiers and modifiers that weaken your speech.
  • Cut down on prepositional phrases.
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