Do you want audience members to get involved in your advocacy efforts? Reconsider previously held views? Have a more complete or nuanced understanding of your topic?
Here are 15 memorable ways to end a speech on a high note:
1. The summary close
This close, which recaps your main points, can ensure that the audience leaves with clarity on your biggest ideas. Because this isn’t the most creative option, it can be improved by combining it with another type of closer.
2. The illustrative close
You can end by using a first- or third-person anecdote, case study or fable; an apocryphal (fictional but plausible) tale; or another storytelling device that illustrates the main points you made during your talk. Many talks begin and end in this manner.
3. The personal close
Many speakers discuss their personal tie to the speech topic well before the close, but if you don’t highlight your own ties to the topic sooner, doing so at the end can reinforce that connection.
4. The bookend close