Chances are at least in one point in your life, whether in school or at work, at a public or private gathering, you will be asked to deliver a speech. You surely know someone who has done it. So it's best to be ready - know how to write a speech because there is no telling when your turn is up. It can be either formal or informal, long or short. Knowing how to write a speech depends on your need because there are speeches that need to inform while there are speeches that need to convince. There are also some that are meant to encourage and amuse. There is one common factor – a speech is used to establish connection with an audience.
Know the issue/topic
You must remember that you speak the speech. You will not read it. If you don’t know a lot about the topic, it will affect your delivery of the speech. You must speak the words with emotion and conviction and you can only do that if you know the topic.
Research about your audience
You’re going to do better if you’re familiar with your audience. That way, you will know which words to choose, what kind of tone to write in (and eventually speak).
Write in own words, your own language
Go straight to the point. Write all the important elements of the topic. The simpler and shorter the words are, the better. Leave out unimportant details and focus only on the important ones. While you’re at it, practice speaking the words as you write. If you do that, it will be easier for you to come up with words. Remember, your speech is meant for the audience’s ears, not their eyes.
Knowing how to write a speech also requires that you know how to be engaging. Tell a story, crack an appropriate joke, ask a question, or mention a statistic – any of these will do as long as you stick to the topic.
This depends on the aim of your speech. If it is meant to be informative, organize the topic in an alphabetical manner. If the importance of points requires a chronological order, please do so. If its aim is to encourage action, present your problem and present the best possible remedy. Make sure to use good transitions so that the audience keeps pace with you.
If you plan to present facts, you must be sure that there are no inconsistencies or errors. Any misleading information will greatly affect your reputation.
A convincing conclusion
The shorter and easier to remember the conclusion is, the better. Whatever the purpose of the speech is, the conclusion should be credible, emotional, and logical. Most of all, it has to be very powerful.
The time factor
Even if your speech is very powerful, if it is an hour long, chances are the audience will get bored. Time yourself as you practice your speech. If you think it is too long, you need to make it shorter without affecting its substance. Remember, the greatest speeches in history are short and memorable and they are remembered because of these qualities – short and moving.
Once you have mastered these tips, there should be no reason for you not to know how to make a good impression with your speech.