How to Present a Speech
A good speech is a fully-scale performance. Its purpose is to present your ideas on some important matter, to make people believe you and share your opinion. That’s why a well-prepared and rehearsed speech is the key to success.
Where to start from
Since a speech is a performance, it must be prepared in advance. Spontaneous ideas are good enough more often than not but if you want to convince the audience that you are right, you must be absolutely sure of what you are talking about. So, make a plan of your speech.
How to plan a speech
- Choose a specific topic. You must be focused on some specific message to report on, be strict, consistent and decisive.
- Identify your target audience. Make sure you understand who you are going to talk to. The plan of your speech and its plot must be different depending on whether you present your speech to kids, adults, businessmen or, say, medical professionals.
- Determine the reason. What does your speech aim to do? What is its purpose? In relation to your motives, your speech may differ as well. So, be sure of whether you want to make people just laugh and have a good time or make them come to some significant conclusions.
- Write a plan. By using numbers and bullets, work out the key points of your speech. Plan is the core of your performance. It must define not only the logic and structure of your thoughts but include moves while presenting the speech, parts where jokes may be used, it has to be clear as to what to emphasize and where to let the audience relax. Work through your plan attentively and feel free to make additions and edit it while writing the plot of your speech.
When you have planned your speech, it’s the right time to start writing it.
How to write a speech
- Write the main statement. The very first sentence of your speech must hook the audience at once. You must attract their attention and make them find your ideas interesting from the very first words.
- Compose the plot. Following your plan, reveal each of the points one by one. Be attentive in order not to mess your thoughts. Your words must be easy-to-understand. Feel free to use jokes and quotes. Both will make your speech fresher; jokes won’t let the audience get confused and puzzled while quotes will make your statements stronger referring to reliable experience of well-known people.
- Make conclusions. Draw the line under your speech by making appropriate conclusions. They must disclose the main reason of your performance. Basically, conclusions are what you really wanted to say. The plot predicates the idea meanwhile conclusions put the things right.
After your speech is written, revise it and edit if needed. The next step is to rehearse your performance, work out emotions, moves and accents. Do not hesitate to repeat it as many times as possible. When on stage, you must be sure that each word sounds right, every joke is appropriate and every move is loose. And, what is most important, you must believe in what you are saying since it’ is the only way to earn the audience’s trust.