Writing a Speech
So the process has begun … it’s that time of year again in my classroom: We are starting the process that will lead up to the school’s “Public Speaking Competition”.
As we embark on this rather daunting adventure there are a few general concepts that I try to keep in mind … and share repeatedly with my students. A few of these ideas are as follows:
(A) The Recipe:
There is a recipe to be followed when writing a speech:
1. The Headline – To hook or catch the audience’s attention – to tell them what your are going to be talking about.
2. The Main Body – Main facts and supporting details
3. The Echo – To revisit your Headline.
(B) How to Introduce & Conclude Your Speech:
– Share a story
– Share a surprising/shocking statistic
– Ask a question, share a riddle
– Cite a popular quotation
– A quote
– A profound thought or statement
– leave the audience with a question or a challenge
– A summary
– A literary device
– Encourage a smile, share a joke
(C) Delivering a Speech: Some Tips:
– Remember, as my father always said, “You are the expert!”. Be confident!
– Be natural – be you! Let your personality shine through! “How” the speech is delivered is certainly as important as what’s being said!
– Take your time – speak at a natural pace – don’t rush
– Speak clearly – Enunciate every word
– Stand tall – use deliberate gestures (but don’t over do it!)
– Avoid reading from your notes. Make eye contact – engage your audience.
– If you make a mistake just move on … No one else knows that you have made a mistake! Just keep it your little secret.
– Don’t chew gum!
– Don’t fidget!
– Dress the part.
– Enjoy being the centre of attention
P.S. A a teacher I also save some of the speeches from years gone by to share with my students. I also show videos of individuals (children and adults) delivering speeches on the Smartboard (you can find many examples on YouTube!). I try to do this daily.