Making a Good Conference Speech

For many the very thought of speaking in public can send shivers through their bones, and cause a cold sweat to form instantly. For those with careers that demand the odd conference speech now and again this can cause some difficulties.  However, with a little creative flare, some humour and a lot of preparation any one can make a killer conference speech.

As with any business project or task the drawing board should always start with planning. Take time to dissect and analysis what it is your being asked to do. What is the conference for? What have you been asked to talk on? Why have YOU been asked to speak? These are all questions that once answered will help you formulate some initial ideas and content for your speech.

Your next step should be to take your initial ideas and break them down. This will help you understand every aspect of your speech and uncover any valuable points, details and information that at first glance you may have over looked. Another benefit of breaking down your content is that you will become more and more familiar with it, building knowledge and confidence towards it. It is often those that rush this initial part that end up in a mess come the day they need to give their speech.

Once you have the basic content of your speech and you’re confident that you understand it you can start to add the X-Factor. By this I mean the aspects of your speech that will make you stand out and leave your audience engaged, inspired, entertained and wanting to here more. For this you should really let your creative side shine through. Use your skills and talents to your advantage. This may include using film, music, images to illustrate points that you are making. Make references, references to popular culture always help to create relationships between your audience and your content. Be humorous, a good joke at the start will relax both yourself and your audience, making the rest of your speech far easier to get through.

On the day there are various preparations you can make to ensure that your conference speech runs smoothly and successfully. Depending on the formality of the event, wear clothes that are comfortable and allow you to stand at ease. Being comfortable is half the battle won, when it comes to public speaking. Do not go over and over your speech, the information will already be retained, over thinking things can cause anxiety and this is far more likely to make you stumble and forget. Find a moment to clear your head, go outside, get some fresh air, and be alone to gather your thoughts. Finally make sure you have a glass of water at hand, the most common symptom of nerves is a dry mouth, and this can be devastating when trying to make a speech.

Public speaking need not be the bane of your career. The key to success is in your preparation. By taking the time to approach your speech in an organised and well planned manner, you will set yourself up for success.

Peter Grant has been apart of the financial advice industry in Edinburgh for over 10 years. He often speaks at  conference venues in edinburgh. In his spare time he enjoys sharing his experiences and advice by writing articles online.

Hunger Crunch by Rice Bowls wins Facebook’s Social Good App of the Year


Greenville / Spartanburg, SC (PRWEB) March 30, 2015

Hunger Crunch (, a newly launched video game, has won Facebook’s Social Good App of The Year award which was presented at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. The conference was held at the Fort Mason Center on Wednesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 26th, and brought together the leading developers from around the world for discussions, demos and discovery of innovative app technology. The award was presented on March 26th.

Hunger Crunch, created and developed by Rice Bowls, a non-profit based in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, focuses on raising money to feed orphaned children in 54 orphanages in eight countries around the world. The one-touch side-scrolling platformer follows the gamer, who is mounted on a mythical beast called “Beasty,” as they aim to rid the world of hunger and its maddening army of minions. Fun, fast-moving and graphically sophisticated, Hunger Crunch is a whimsical ride through a fantasy kingdom with real world humanitarian benefits. Additionally, a built-in feature makes it easy for groups to host tournaments and compete against each other to raise money, fighting hunger in the game and in the real world too.

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There are 12 levels with a unique stomp mechanic that allows the gamer to chain-jump and squash enemy monsters, thereby stomping out hunger. The player collects candy coins at each level, but players can also use real money to buy candy coins in bulk, with 100% of the in-app proceeds going to help feed children around the world through the Rice Bowls organization. (

The Hunger Crunch app is available for free in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is also available in Google Play for Android.

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