Principles To Use And Remember Regarding Placing Emphasis In Public Speaking!

Public SpeakingKnowing when to giving prominence to words or parts of speeches to best let their meaning surface is another part of the public speaking art.

Putting the emphasis where it rightfully belongs:

Tactics to affect this is change in force, inflection, pitch, movement, pause, and feeling.

The below TWO aspects work closely together and have to be considered and practiced BOTH on their own and synergized together.

  1. It is essential that you understand exactly what it is that you are saying and want to say
  2. Practical use and mastery of placing emphasis where and when it belongs.

Understanding meaning, sequence, relation and importance is crucial.

Force and loud exclamation is often used to make a point when speaking to or in front of a large audience. This is oftentimes also underscored by lots of physical movements.

If you want to be and remain natural in your style regardless of the stage or size of the audience, inflecting and changing the tone of your voice is a great way of dealing with these issues of emphasis.

You do not have to shout or raise your voice or become animated or over-exaggerated.

Use all the nuances of the sound and range of your voice. Tones can make all the difference. Pausing before a word, rather than after it will also give greater importance and prominence.

Raise the expectation by using pause and emphasis together in this fashion; you will be surprised at what you find.

You can have meaning and purpose without seeming rushed or forced – that is the balanced art and mastering of public speaking done well.

If you want to convey an honest truth or message you will find yourself rather emphasizing correctly and naturally, than trying to put on a show of sorts, or compensate for a ‘larger audience’. Put the focus where it really needs to be.

The guidelines you have to use and remember for placing emphasis in public speaking:


  1. In emphatic repetition.
  2. Words used to establish a comparison. ,
  3. Important words.
  4. In unexpressed antithesis.
  5. Usually both words of an antithesis.
  6. Conjunctions and introductory words making a sudden turn in the thought.
  7. The leading idea of a new thought.

Don’t emphasize:

  • When false antithesis will be suggested.
  • Words that simply carry the thought forward.
  • Expletives.


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