Writing and Delivering Your Speech

Types of Public Speaking

When it comes to being a public speaker, the type of speech to give depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. The different types of public speaking are: Speaking to Inform (informative, argumentative speech) Speaking to Persuade, Motivate, or Take Action (persuasive, argumentative, controversial, policy speeches) Speaking to Entertain (funny, special occasion speeches) The 3 Basic Types of Public Read More

Top 5 Extraordinary Motivational Speakers

Motivation is the drive to achieve a goal. Motivational speakers help people begin their pursuits by offering guidance and reassurance that objectives are indeed realizable as well as offering suggestions and sometimes even step-by-step directions that make their audiences aspirations seem more feasible. Oftentimes, motivational speakers are individuals that have thrived despite great hardships or Read More

Famous Persuasive Speeches

For many people, delivering a speech in front of a crowd of people is about on par with getting a root canal done. However, when it comes to enacting change or standing up for your beliefs, being well versed in the art of persuasion is crucial. We often forget the impact that well articulated, spoken Read More

Speech and Essay Outline

Whether you need to deliver a speech for a class, you have a presentation to give at work, or you’re writing an essay, a solid outline is the starting point for success. From drawing an audience in with an attention-grabbing opening to keeping their interest with relevant main points and smooth transitions, an outline helps Read More

Audience Analysis

Adapting to Your Audience and Situation At every point in the speech making process, you need to ask yourself: “Self, what does my audience want from me?” It is the audience and situation, and not you (the speaker), that should determine the object and form of your speech.

Speech Introductions

Writing the Introduction It’s no accident that most good Hollywood movie scripts follow this pattern: exciting opening (think Saving Private Ryan), an interesting and easy to follow story line, and a memorable finish (think Shawshank Redemption). Screen writers realize that their audiences put a lot of stock into first and last impressions. Guess what? Your Read More

Writing a Speech

Writing the Speech Body Every speech should have one central idea around which the speech is built. If your audience remembers nothing else, they should remember this, essentially the point of your speech. To support the central idea, your speech should have between 3-5 main points. Trying to squeeze in too many main points will Read More

Writing the Conclusion of a Speech

You might recall from the section of this website on introductions the fact that audiences tend to put a lot of emphasis on their first and final impressions of a speaker (technically known as the primacy/recency effect). Because of this, it is very important to finish your speech with something great. If you have ever Read More

Speech Anxiety

Coping with Speech Anxiety So you have to make a speech? And the thought terrifies you? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Survey after survey has indicated that fear of public speaking is one of the very most common fears. Even many top professional speakers experience some little bit of “stage fright” when they speak. It Read More

Speech Delivery

There are four primary types of speech delivery: Manuscript, Memorized, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous. Manuscript speaking, like it sounds, involves reading your speech word-for-word from it’s written form. The advantage to delivering a speech this way is that you can perfectly plan and control the wording of your speech. This sounds like it is ideal, but Read More

Visual Aids

There are four basic reasons to include visual aids in your speech: To hold the audience’s attention – by getting the audience involved visually as well as orally, you are more likely to keep their interest. To serve as a memory aid or learning device – people learn in different ways, some people easily recall Read More

Public Speaking Links

Reference Websites www.itools.com– Search engines, newspaper searches, encyclopedias, quotations, dictionaries, translators, and more on one page. www.quotationspage.com– Quotations searchable by author or topic. www.bartleby.com– Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations www.refdesk.com– A little bit of everything: news, encyclopedias, and hundreds of links. A good place to start if you are doing online research. www.reference.com– Almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, thesaurases, Read More