Public Speaking Expert
A good speech can move listeners to tears and inspire them to take action. Before you start writing a speech, you have to research your audience and learn more about the different types of speeches. Without a strong and balanced structure, your speech will be worthless. Anyone can write something down on paper that might be spoken out as a speech. However, if you want to persuade your audience and make a great impression, then you need to organize your speech properly.
Start by researching your audience. Think about how you’re going to get their attention. You need a great hook. Do some brainstorming to find the best title for your speech. If you have already chosen a topic, write down the main points of your speech. What do you want people to learn or do? How can they benefit from what you have to say? Do they know as much about the topic as you do? What tone should you use? What is your audience looking for? What is their attitude toward the subject? Answering these questions will help establish your purpose and structure your speech so that it is dynamic, memorable, and engaging.
It’s recommended to write your conclusion first because that is what the audience remembers. However, this is not a strict rule. Your speech should contain at least three parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The introduction should state the topic of your speech, including its key points. In the body, you explain each point in detail. The conclusion should emphasize what you want people to remember. It should also summarize the main points of the speech. End with a final thought, a quote, or a question addressed to your audience.
Keep in mind that a good speech presents one idea only, although it can have multiple sub-points. Make sure your speech is relevant to the audience. Focus on the most important points. The introduction should account for 10 percent of your speech, the conclusion for 10 percent, and the content for 80 percent.
Write down what you would say as if you were talking directly to your audience. Illustrate your point with personal stories, statistics, numbers, quotes, and anecdotes. Make sure your language is appropriate for the audience. Ask rhetorical questions in a way that draws people’s attention. Use the active voice and avoid passive sentences. Repeat key points. Explain why your topic is important. Incorporate summaries and previews into your speech.
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