The Ancient Greek Speech Structure For Your Speeches and PresentationsHow to structure your speech to make a mighty impression
Ancient speech structure
The ancient greek speech structure is probably the oldest structuring formula for speeches. It dates back to antiquity. And it still works today for speeches and presentations. Learn how to convince classically.
The Greeks and Romans cultivated the art of oratory. It had a quite high reputation in these cultures. Aristotle already knew that the speaker’s credibility, i.e. his ethos, was particularly important. And there are other things we can learn from this heyday of rhetoric. For example, in building up convincing speeches and presentations.
Probably the oldest structure formula for speeches dates back to antiquity; the ancient Greek. It is particularly suitable for more extensive speeches. The structure is very well-thought-out and effective. Speeches are structured with it as follows:
1. First, win benevolence
Prepare the audience to listen to the speaker’s point of view at all.
2. Describe the actual situation
Describe the previous development and the current status without evaluation. This prepares the ground for the next steps.
3. Point out alternatives.
What other possibilities exist?
4. Justify your recommendations and discuss their advantages.
Why do you prefer your recommendation?
5. Disprove possible counterarguments
What counterarguments could there be and how do you refute them?
6. Summarize your most important words
Summarize your words and come to a conclusion.
7. Inspire your audience
Get the audience moving.
8. Call for action
What should the audience do now?
Steps 6 to 8 are called conclusions (conclusio) in the classical form.
Published: March 6, 2015
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 15, 2019
Translation: August 15, 2019
German version: https://www.karstennoack.de/antike-redegliederung/