| How to Write a Better Speech by Brian Konradt
When expert speakers take the podium, you wonder how their speeches could be so effortless! You ask yourself: How did they overcome their fear of public speaking, and how do they avoid stage fright?
Engaging speakers are a whole new breed altogether. Theyre confident onstage, and they exude so much charisma! Theyre even propped up by a speech thats better than the rest. So how do they manage to make great speeches? Do they engage the services of
a speechwriter, or have the learned to write a good speech on their own?
If youre amazed at these feats which other people can accomplish, dont let it stop from there. Find out how you yourself can write and deliver a better speech. What they can do, so can you! You only need a technique that works!
By far, heres the best working solution. The techniques to come up with an outline and formulate your speech around it. A speech outline creates the very framework upon which your talk will be based, understood, and applauded.
Its not a difficult formula at all, and were about to explain it in 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Determine who will be listening to you.
As a common mistake, many people forget to consider their audience. They jump right into the exciting task of choosing a topic and making their point. Most of their efforts revolve around this task, only to find out too late that their talk isnt suited to their crowd.
So ask yourself: Who will be listening to you? Will they be high school
seniors with their mind unset on a college course, or will they be fresh college graduates off to seek their first jobs?
Your audience will be the determining factor, and that itself will lead to you to the next step.
Step 2: Decide what you want to talk about.
Will you ramble? Will you drone? Will you bore your audience to death? These are the very scenarios youd like to avoid, and thats why youre going to choose an interesting topic!
The key heres to balance your
facts and research with a blend of your own personal experience. Together, this combination can be very helpful and enriching.
Step 3: Figure out how long youll be talking.
In the real world, not all of us are given the opportunity to deliver a privileged speech as long as a state-of-the-nation address. Most of us are given a few shining moments onstage, but we can still make them special!
Usually, its the occasion which dictates how long your speech should be. If youre to propose a
wedding toast, keep it short, sweet, and simple. Humor your guests for a couple of minutes, then redirect all the attention to the newly-weds.
When youre called upon to receive an award, optimize on the 3-5 minutes youre given. Dont hug the limelight by delivering a speech thats designed to last for half an hour.
Instead, seize the moment and leave a lasting impression!
Step 4: Have cue cards handy.
As a last-minute reminder, dont forget your cue cards. If
youre not one to trust your memory and if it has failed you before, then cross out the possibility.
If you have to, check with a glance or two at your cue cards. In fact, this only shows that youve come well-prepared unwilling to inconvenience your audience with some mental lapses and more than ready to deliver a speech like a real expert!