The Power of Repeating FactsRepetition is a key element of any good persuasive speech, whether that speech is delivered in the classroom or in a public meeting. Re-telling the same facts over again is never going to create a lasting impression on your audience.
Repetition will ensure that your audience becomes more jaded about what you're trying to say. You have to be careful not to overdo it. If you find yourself looking up facts each time you talk, your audience may become less receptive to what you're saying. It's much better to talk as simply as possible and still deliver your message, rather than using detailed facts that don't relate to the topic at hand.
This is not to say that factual information can't be a special part of your presentation. We're often told to use lots of concrete examples. We are given examples that illustrate the points we are making. But, an anecdote, which can be presented as merely one more fact, can also be successful. If your anecdote touches on a human emotion or a feeling of significance, it can cause the audience to take notice.
An anecdote is an important element of any kind of presentation, but if the point you are trying to make is not one that relates to an emotional connection, this approach is unlikely to work. Re-hashing the basic facts will always fail to leave an impact. The best approach is to first find a topic that has some real emotional weight.
Be specific about what you want to say. The topic for your paper should be something that has considerable value to your audience. Whether it's a recent event or a historical event that is of concern to you, you have to be clear about what you hope to get out of the topic. At the same time, when you speak to your audience, don't forget that their emotions play a part in the way they respond to what you're saying. For example, a fight between an abusive father and his daughter could evoke different emotions from different people.
To help you decide on a specific topic, you can take a simple study of the audience you are speaking to. They are likely to be looking for some kind of emotional connection. As you speak, try to imagine a friend or colleague that is in the same situation and begin to describe that situation. Use abstract metaphors when describing the situation, to make it easier for the audience to relate to your words.
To remind your audience what the basics of the topic are, you can present some numbers or statistics to illustrate what they already know. But don't make these facts too specific. The statistics can be enough to create the emotional connection you need, but the audience shouldn't think of the figures as facts.
Don't give them specific examples of how you tried to solve a problem, but rather mention the general problem you were trying to solve and then provide examples of your attempts to solve it. Use abstract terms when referring to the problem so the audience will be reminded of the kind of difficulties they had been facing before. By using this approach, you'll be more effective in bringing your audience to your conclusion.