Opening, Body, Conclusion

Speech Structure
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Opening, body, conclusion


This is the simplest possible structure, taught at school level. It’s still taught because it still works. Like any good story, your speech needs a clear beginning and ending.




1. Opening


Create an interesting opening sentence that captures the audience’s attention. The first minute of your speech is probably the most important.

This can be achieved in several ways. You could raise a thought-provoking question. Or make an interesting or controversial statement. Or recite a relevant quotation.

Once you have won the attention of the audience, your speech can move seamlessly to the body of your speech.




2. Body


Communicate a few important points. Organize the point so that related points follow one another so that each point builds upon the previous one. This will give your speech a more logical progression, and make easier for the audience to listen.

Don’t overwhelm your audience with too many details. It is better to focus on a small number of points well than to have too many points, none of which are made satisfactorily.




3. Conclusion


Then devise a good conclusion. The closing of your speech must contain some of your strongest material.