The Best Speech Guide (Part 5) – Writing Your Speech

Writing Your Speech

Before proceeding with writing your speech we recommend you to read The Best Speech Guide Previous Parts to make your concepts clear. Now you are ready to put pen to paper, or finger to word processor. Most people. including some of the most experienced raconteurs, write their speeches down. even if they then transfer the words to cue cards or speak extempore.

Writing your speech out in full is a useful exercise, even for experienced speakers, for two reasons. Firstly, it helps to organize all your thoughts, Secondly, if you are still stuck for ideas, the actual process of writing will help your creative buds to produce inspiration.

Drafting A Speech

The recommended steps are:

  • First, write a rough draft
  • Second, refine your draft, adding illustrations and changing words
  • Third, rewrite it into spoken English, shortening sentences and changing words
  • Fourth, rehearse the speech aloud, timing it
  • Fifth, make alterations in order to fit the time slot.

We are going to look now at how. to use language to communicate effectively in speech, how to make an impact at the beginning and bring the presentation to a suitable close. Finally, once you have written your speech you will then learn how to transfer this to cue cards or other prompt devices.

Learn how to ‘write like a good talker’ and ‘think like a listener’ (David Bernstein, put it together, put it
across
).

Using The Language In Speech

Language is simply a code which conveys meaning. Like Morse code or semaphore it works because the sender and receiver of the communication understand similar meanings for the same words or at least they should do.

Your choice of language is crucial if you are to make contact with your audience. If you use formal language with a group of teenagers you will send them off to sleep. If you speak English in a pompous, written style then people will switch off. Language is the main tool by which you communicate ideas and facts to the audience. However, the response of the audience will depend very much upon how you use that language. Simply telling people facts will fail because it won’t affect their emotions or meet their needs. Facts need to be dressed up for the audience to remain interested and to remember what you have said.

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