Writing a speech
Writing a speech can be a daunting task for many people. Perhaps you're worried about the quality of your writing skills, you're nervous about your public speaking inexperience or maybe you just don't know what to write.
By setting out a few clear goals before you start writing your speech, you will be better equipped to judge its progress and success of your speech prior to its public airing. A hilarious Best Man speech may have your audience rolling in the aisles, but if you fail to give tribute to the Bride and Groom you will have failed in your role.
By setting clear goals, you will be better positioned to judge the likely success of your speech.
This section will show you how to write a speech, subsequent chapters will show you how to deliver that speech, and yes, conquer your public speaking nerves.
At this stage you should have a great plan for your speech. That is to say: you have considered the occasion at which you will be speaking, potentially speaking to a selection of people who can help you write your speech. You have also thought about the potential themes of your speech and identified one primary theme with a small number of sub-themes. You have also given thought to the people key to your speech including the subject(s) of the speech and those who know them, other speakers and the audience.
This set of lessons will show you how to turn this collection of thoughts and ideas into a great speech.
We will look at the structure of a speech and then return to the concept of key messages or themes of your speech. It will then be time to start writing your speech, first by creating outlines of the speech, then by moving onto drafts, before reaching the final version.
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- Planning a speech
- Writing a speech
- Preparing to make a speech
- Delivering a speech
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