15 Tips For Your Speech Writing - Step By Step

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Learn how to solve speech writing problems in all phase of the speech writing process. How to write a speech – step by step.

 

15 Tips for your speech writing – step by step

 

In case you want your speeches to do more than just present information you will find here some tips. Yes, successful speeches are written to inform, but also to motivate, inspire and engage your audience. When crafting your next speech, follow these essential steps to maximize your impact.

 

 

 

1. Identify your objective

 

Be sure you know what that your objective is and how you can meet the expectations of your audience. What are the takeaways you want from your speech? What’s the objective you can realistically hope to achieve?

With the objectives in mind, you know where you’re headed and write your speech with a purpose.

 

 

 

2. Know your audience

 

Do your homework. Everything you know in advance will help you to create a powerful speech. Some questions you must answer before you even touch the keyboard:

  • Who is your audience?
  • Why are they in the audience?
  • And what do they want?

 

Writing a speech involves meeting the expectations of your audience, whether it is to inform, motivate, entertain, or even challenge. Do it in the right tone.

 

 

 

3. Get an overview and collect the content

 

I recommend using Mind Mapping to get an overview and to collect the potential elements.

 

 

 

4. Have one clear message

 

What do you want the people to think, feel or do after your speech?

In case you could only deliver one sentence to your audience, what would it be? Condense your speech into one sentence. This is your core message.

 

 

 

5. Choose the best arguments

 

Collect as many arguments you can find. Make sure you know the relevant pros and cons. What are the key arguments that support your main message?

 

 

 

6. Use a good structure

 

In case you think back on a terrible speech. What caused you to lose interest? Chances are, the speaker veered off a logical path. You need to choose a clear path and a destination. Your audience wants to know where you’re going and why. Therefore, set the expectation near your opening on what you’ll be covering.

There are plenty of commonsense structures to choose from. Problem and solution are one. Opportunity and leverage are another. Pros and cons are a third. How about the classical structure: Introduction – Body – Conclusion? Use the KaNo-structure or simply list your points in numerical order.

 

 

 

7. Write

 

With that preparation, it will be easy to start writing the first draft.

By the way: Sometimes I don’t write the first draft on a keyboard. Speaking, recording and transcribing can lead to a more natural style.

 

 

 

8. Review the content in different ways

 

Each way to review the speech offers another insight. I see different things when the speech is printed on paper in comparison when I work on it on a computer screen.

When I review the content out loud I realize what may work and what doesn’t. This way I get a sense of which words are powerful, and which are fluff and should be removed or replaced.

 

 

 

9. Rewrite and rewrite and …

 

While you write and revise, focus on structuring and simplifying. Remove anything extraneous, contradictory, or confusing. If something doesn’t help you get your core message across, drop it.

 

 

 

10. Use transitions

 

Use transitional phrases to signal intent.

 

 

 

11. Have a great opening

 

Make sure you have the attention of your audience when you present your message. Capitalize on the goodwill and momentum you’ll enjoy in your earliest moments in front of your audience.

Ways to open with your speech or presentation:

  • Storytelling
  • Visualize an extraordinary scenario.
  • Statement
    A statement or phrase can catch the audience’s attention by keeping them guessing what you’re about to say next.
  • Use an interesting question.
  • Pause
    Silence brings attention to you.
  • What if…
    Asking a “what if” question invites the audience to follow your thought process.
  • Statistic
    Using a surprising, powerful, personalized statistic that resonates with the audience will get your message across right away.

 

Planing the opening is an important part of speech writing.

 

 

 

12. Be memorable

 

Use storytelling, metaphors, surprise to make a lasting impression on your audience.

 

 

 

13. Keep it as short as possible

 

The attention of your audience will naturally wane after a few minutes. They have a lot of other things to do many user issues to think about. The longer you speak, the more competitive with other priorities. So make your points and sit down.

 

 

 

14. Have an effective final moment

 

It happens way too often: Public speaker begins their speech with a compelling opening. They cruise confidently into the body. Then they run out of gas as they come to the close of their speech. Your ending is what the audience will ultimately talk about when they head out the door. Make a strong call to action.

 

 

 

15. Strive for authenticity

 

Write your speech in a way that sounds authentic. Most people tend to write in another style than they do when speaking to someone else personally. A good speaker needs to be honest, to speak with conviction, to be real. Therefore use your language.

 

 

Are you interested in better speech writing and presenting?

 

Are you frustrated because your speeches lack the quality you are looking for?
Are you tired of rewriting speeches at the last minute?
Do you want to improve the way you deliver speeches?

 

How much do mediocre speeches and presentations costing you?

Bad speeches are costing you. People aren’t hearing you and because of that, you’re missing out. You’re missing out on new customers, on that promotion you’ve been waiting for and on opportunities to educate and motivate.

What would it mean to you and your organization if you could improve the quality of your speeches and reduce the amount of time it took to produce them. What would that mean in terms of saved time, stress and money? And what would it mean to deliver speeches that resonate better with audiences? Speeches that make audiences stand up and take action?

Are you interested? I solve speech writing problems for individuals and high-level organizations at all points of the speech writing process.

Many of my clients request great speeches written on high-profile occasions. Others value my help to transform their current speech or presentation to the next step. Most of my clients also benefit from my specific speech delivery coaching and training. My clients told me that working with me not only helped them improve the quality of their speeches but reduced immensely the time it takes to produce a speech. This saves you time, money and stress. Your speeches will also resonate better with audiences, boost your career and support your brand. 

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This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 7, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 14, 2019
Translation: August 14, 2019
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