In the first part of the blog series we went over how to conceptualize and plan your speech. This part will be covering what to do when you actually put pen to paper and start writing your speech.
Write your opening statement:
When beginning your speech it’s a good idea to try and hook your audience with a solid opening statement. This will help grab their attention and sets the tone for the rest of the speech.
One mistake that many new public speakers make is to go too far with this. Don’t just say anything you can to draw attention to the stage, say something that fits the speech. Even something like “I’ve met a lot of crazy people in my sales job” can do the trick. It make people think “what kind of crazy people?” You don’t need to yell out “BOOM” or something like that just to get attention.
Create your supporting points:
Just as if you were writing an essay, your speech needs supporting points to back up your topic. Obviously the most important part here is to make sure you are doing good research. Utilize reputable sources and fact-check your ideas as you go along.
If you have any personal experience with your topic as well then feel free to add this to your supporting point. Just make sure you back it up with facts as well.
Format your speech:
In many settings it’s acceptable to bring notes or a page to help you deliver the speech. Because of this, you have the option to decide how you would like to use this aid. If you want to play it safe and bring the whole thing, just write it onto a piece of paper and bring that along. This will help keep you on track and ensure that you don’t forget anything.
If you are more comfortable with the topic of your speech, or speech-giving itself, you can bring an outline. A common method when taking this route is to lay out your topics and supporting points in a bullet pointed list. This will help you stay on track but also give you more freedom to improvise within the speech itself.
Stay tuned for part 3!