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Better speech writing
Learn how to solve speech writing problems in all phase of the speech writing process. How to write a speech – 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 to use 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 want 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 is one. Opportunity and leverage is another. Pros and cons is a third. How about the classical structure: Introduction – Body – Conclusion? Use the KaNo-structure or simply list your points in numerical order.
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 that’s 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:
- Visualize an extraordinary scenario.
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.
Silence brings attention to you.
- What if…
Asking a “what if” question invites the audience to follow your thought process.
Using a surprising, powerful, personalized statistic that resonate 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 compete with other priorities. So make your points and sit down.
14. Have an effective final moment
It happens way to often: Public speaker begin 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 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 need to be honest, to speak with conviction, to be real. Therefore use your own language.
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