The Grand Finale: How to End Your Speech

A strong opening and a memorable closing are the most important parts of any speech. To craft a strong end, think about why and how you want your speech to be remembered.

🦸‍♀️ Call to action—tell your audience to take action, make it clear and specific

🌈 Close the story arc—set up a question at the beginning of your speech and use your ending to answer it

👨‍🏫 Tell them what you’ve just told—summarize main points of your speech, use a summary slide instead of a ‘thank you’ slide

Punchline—finish with a short, memorable sentence, an interesting quote, a cartoon or animation