Have you ever watched one of those Hollywood rousing speeches, think Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday), and felt your emotions rise up inside you? Of course you have. That part of the speech is called a peroration, and it is one of the most underutilised levers in conventional presentation delivery. We want to change that for you so we’ve prepared three tips that you can use to finish your next speech on a high.

Add a little peroration to your speech

A peroration is like the cherry on top of your sundae, the icing on your cake, the whipped cream on your pumpkin spice latte (or whatever your preferred fall drink is). But let’s be real, it’s the whipped cream that makes the drink worth it, right? And that’s exactly what a good peroration does for your speech. It takes it from “good enough” to “damn, that was amazing!”

But why is a good peroration so important? It’s like the last chapter of a book, the final boss in a video game, or the last slice of pizza in the box. It’s the part that everyone will remember, for better or for worse. And trust me, you don’t want to be remembered as the person who gave a boring or forgettable speech.

Think of it like a game of Jenga, you’ve been carefully building your speech, each point stacking on top of the other, and the peroration is the final move that either makes the tower stand tall or comes crashing down. So, don’t be the person who makes the tower collapse because of a weak peroration.

Be the one who knocks the tower down with a powerful and provocative peroration.

A giant game of Jenga

And remember, a good peroration isn’t just about restating your main points, it’s also about leaving your audience with something to think about. It’s the call to action that makes them want to get up and do something, whether it’s signing up for your newsletter, donating to your charity, or just clapping really loudly. But it should also make them question the status quo and challenge their own beliefs.

Restate your main points: 

Peroration is the last chance you have to drive home your main points, so make sure you take advantage of that opportunity. Summarize your main arguments and make sure your audience leaves with a clear understanding of what you’ve been trying to say.

Leave your audience with something to think about: 

A good peroration isn’t just about restating your main points, it’s also about leaving your audience with something to think about. Whether it’s a call to action, a thought-provoking question, or an emotional appeal, make sure your peroration leaves a lasting impression on your audience.

Make it memorable: 

The peroration is the last thing your audience will hear, so make sure it’s something they’ll remember. Whether it’s a catchy phrase, a funny story, or an inspiring quote, leave your audience with something that will stick with them long after the speech is over.

As a bonus tip, make sure that this 20-second build ends somewhere. A destination, a high point to leave them on. This of course comes down to your delivery too.

To sum up (or perorate – haha), a good peroration is a powerful tool that can be used to drive home your main points, leave your audience with something to think about, and make your speech unforgettable.

(read in the voice of a rousing presenter delivering their peroration…)

So, next time you’re giving a speech, remember the importance of good peroration. Make it count! Make it provocative! And make it unforgettable! Because at the end of the day, a good peroration is what will make your audience remember you and your message long after you’ve left the stage. And who doesn’t want to be unforgettable!