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Speech Blues – ‘Write’ them off

Posted by on Jun 27 2012 | Content Writing, speech writing

“There are only two types of speakers in the world, the nervous and the Liars”
- Mark Twain

Feeling panicky right before you are supposed to deliver a speech is an inevitable situation. That said however, a well drafted speech in your pocket will most definitely salt away the possibility of a heart attack!

Delivering a speech is all about winning your audience, something which has to be reflected upon while writing that speech. When writing on a specific subject, people tend to start drafting essays or articles instead of writing a speech, failing to spot the difference between the two. Whilst speech has to be conversational, essays comprise of the ‘read only’ stuff. Big words and multifarious looking sentences do make an article look impressive; a speech though, has to be simple, communicative and restrained. Just make sure you don’t bore your audience to death.

And contrary to the popular belief, it is not the short sentences that enhance your speech or make it more listenable. Rather, the fluency of the speech depends on the delivery style of the speaker. If the speaker’s tone of speech is suited to long sentences, there is no reason why you should cling onto the primitive and orthodox practice of writing short sentences. Moreover, too many breaks or full-stops in a speech make you sound mechanical, the last thing you want when on a dais.

A useful practice you can employ while writing a speech is to read your speech out loud. You have to keep yourself in the place of a listener to know whether you are sounding clunky or graceful, tongue-tied or smooth. It is the best way to iron out the weak ends that affect your clarity of speech.

Doing a fair bit of research before you start writing familiarizes you to the topic and lends credibility to your words. You can also include questions in your speech. Audience may or may not answer those questions but it sure makes them think and be more involved during the speech.

Key to an impressive speech is a great beginning and an even better ending. A good beginning will help you grab the attention of listeners while a great finish is what will stay etched in the minds of listeners long after the speech is over, at least proverbially.

These are just a few tips for you to get started but speech writing is much more than following certain rules and guidelines. Know your strengths, weaknesses and your audience (and make sure your speech endings are not as messy as this)

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