How to Write a Speech
to Write a Speech
Writing a speech is in many ways
like writing a paper, except that
there is no penalty for spelling
and punctuation errors.
1. Assess how much time your speech
should take. If you don't have a
time limit, try to keep your speech
brief yet informative.
2. Think about your audience and
let your perception of the audience
shape the tone of your speech as
you write it.
3. Begin with an introduction that
establishes who you are, what your
purpose is, what you'll be talking
about and how long you're going
to take. You may want to include
a joke, anecdote or interesting
fact to grab the audience's attention.
4. Organize your information into
three to seven main points and prioritize
them according to importance and
5. Delete points that aren't crucial
to your speech if you have too many
for your time frame.
6. Start with your most important
point, then go to your least important
point and move slowly back toward
the most important. For example,
if you have five points with No.
5 being the most important and No.
1 being the least important, your
presentation order would be 5-1-2-3-4.
7. Add support to each point using
statistics, facts, examples, anecdotes,
quotations or other supporting material.
8. Link your introduction, points
and conclusions together with smooth
9. Write a conclusion that summarizes
each of your points, restates your
main purpose and leaves the audience
with a lasting impression.
The introduction should make up
about 10 to 15 percent of the total
speech. The conclusion should make
up 5 to 10 percent.
When preparing your speech, make
your notes easy to read by writing
or printing them in large, clear
Rehearse and time your speech before
delivering it. Prune it if necessary.
If you'll be presenting a great
deal of information, consider using
handouts or visual aids to help
your audience remember your points.
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