From The Seven Minute Star, Step 8, Delivering Great Content:
Speakers almost always say â€śThank you!â€ť at the end of their speech. But remember: You are The Seven Minute Star! Shouldnâ€™t the audience be thanking you for your inspiring performance? Donâ€™t worry about being perceived as arrogant when you close without saying â€śThank you.â€ť Leaving it out actually emphasizes the final point youâ€™ve made, while using it detracts from that point â€” and, I would argue, from your entire speech!
Consider this conclusion:
â€śIn my entire life I will never forget standing in that dark room in Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum of Jerusalem. In the center, six eternal flames, the walls of the room made up of a never-ending number of mirrors at diverse angles. There were only six flames in that room, but what I saw was an infinite number of light dots reaching into eternity, and I knew that each and every single one of them reflected the loss of one human life. This incredible experience will follow me until my very last day…. Thank you!â€ť
Do you see what I mean? Youâ€™d simply be smothering those powerful emotional vibes you spent so much effort to create if you say â€śThank youâ€ť at the end. Why would youÂ want to do that?
Please, please donâ€™t say â€śThank you.â€ť Say what you have to say, then take a half-step back. Thatâ€™s it; thatâ€™s all you need to do. The audience will know itâ€™s the end, and the first movement in the crowd will be applause.