Concluding Your Talk

TIP 48: Employ language that clearly signals you are concluding your talk.

Now it is time to draft your conclusion. When you provide a clear signal that you are moving to the conclusion of your speech, people will increase their level of attention. Thus, the language you use is critical. You can certainly get away with saying, “In conclusion …” However, you can do better. For example, you could also say, “We come to the end of our journey today and to the beginning of your future …” or “Now it is time for you to make a decision …”

Brené Brown,1 a professor at the University of Houston College of Social Work, delivered one of the most powerful speech conclusions I have ever heard in a TED Talk. Her speech is outlined ...

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