5 Minute Speach

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Introduce Self 30 seconds (total 30 seconds) Good evening, my name is Louis XXXXX. I wanted to give my first speech on something that I was passionate about but I ran into two problems: 1. Five minutes wasn't nearly long enough. (Passion takes at least 10 Minutes) 2. Passionate speeches tend to lean to be more persuasive than informative and I wasn't going to be the one to push the envelope on my first speech. So I decided to start out with something light hearted. Topic Introduction 30 Seconds (total 1 Minute) Whether we choose to accept it or not, we are all in sales in one form or another. After all, that's why we all decided to take this class so that we can learn to communicate better. And what do we do when we communicate?? We sell. An Idea, A product, A service, our selves. WE SELL. (open hand motion toward Jen) Jen sells to 4th graders in a CCD class So this evening I'm going to use my last 4.2 minutes to tell you about a part of our society that no one ever takes seriously,,,,,,, Direct Response marketing, or more commonly known as…… Infomercials 1 Minute 10 Seconds (total 2 minutes 10 Seconds) 20th century commerce at it's finest. Oh yea, belie Continue...


When it came in the mail, I opened it and immediately read the directions, because I wanted to compare what it said in print to the claims made on the infomercial. COM and typed in infomercial, How many hits do you think I got 8,198 Then after clicking on my first web site, I clicked on "related sites" because I thought that it would narrow my search, Came up with 57,949,536 Main Point 1 Minute 55 seconds (total 4 minutes 5 Seconds) The whole reason that I wanted to tell you about infomercials was to tell you, don't be afraid. Because lets face it, what are some of the number one fears in our culture, (aside from public speaking) The fear of rejection, The fear of getting screwed at the drive through And the fear of being swindled. You know what she said to me "Oh don't worry sir, I'm terribly sorry you weren't completely satisfied with our product, I will refund your credit card immediately. The fear of spending your money, being dissatisfied, and having no one to grab by the collar and drag over a counter makes me a little nervous. But if your buying that Hair in a can thing, I think I'd keep that one to my self. ve me it's right up there with e-commerce, Home Shopping Networks, Catalog shopping. It's entitled "How to spot an infomercial" Like we didn't figure it out as we were dialing that 800 number. OK, how many closet infomercial watchers do we have out there Why is it that admitting that you watch infomercials is like admitting that you have some form of embarrassing medical condition The reason I decided to select this as my topic was because I thought it was going to be quick, wrong! I, as probably most of you did, went on the net to get more information on my subject. Juice Man Paint Stick George Foremen's Lean Mean Cooking Machine (he named it after his son you know) And I want to get those space bags too. " You want to know the worst part, I hadn't even tried the stuff yet! You know what, I tried it, I love it, the stuff works awesome! Now I feel guilty, not quite guilty enough to call her back, but guilty none the less. So, let me tell you, I was all prepared for a fight.