How many times you have been listening to presentation and found yourself bored to tears? You have certainly heard speeches that started out interesting, but that interest quickly waned when you realize how delusive it was. Also, you have probably given speeches in which you were horrified to observe that you had tired some and almost lost the rest of the audience you were supposed to have engaged. No doubt it was an experience you do not want to repeat.
By definition, a speech is “something that is spoken,” and the speaker guides his audience to his intended destination through words that are heard, not read. Of the many elements that contribute to writing a great speech, the following would be well worth considering.
Occasion and content
Make sure you know the occasion as no single speech is suitable for every occasion. If it is going to be a formal event, then you should adjust your speech accordingly. For both formal and informal speeches, the content must connect your thoughts with those of the audience and reflect the spirit of the moment. Although the content does not have a well-defined, it exists as a relationship between the audience and the speaker. Be wise, and choose your words carefully!
Knowing your audience
The comprehensive medium of creating a speech requires building the path your speech will follow as a framework for the message it must deliver. Knowing and understanding your audience before performing any writing is, therefore, valuable. The more your message connects to your audience, the better the response.
Every great speech needs something memorable, a sentiment ready to be delivered. It could be passion, a common cause, belief, or experience and must follow a disciplined line, as the listener cannot be expected to absorb every single detail. An overloaded information may ruin you moment of shine. Also, you may want to introduce a moment of gentle humor into your speech to bring the audience together through laughter. Therefore, artful repetition of your take-home idea will help the audience remember and retain your message.
You have probably heard speeches in which you could not follow the speaker. The subject was intriguing, but the speaker failed to capture your interest. The speaker was unable to connect his thoughts together in a coherent gestalt; and so, minds wandered and the meaning was lost. This is due to a lack of transitions. When writing a speech, you have to link one idea to the next, and in doing so, your text will be conversational and easy to understand. Also, you have to guide the audience and make sure that they are following along. Without transitions, your ideas will seem unrelated, and the audience will lose trust and will not be inspired to take action based upon your words.
You should never take repetition for granted. Repeat your speech in front of your friends, family, or mirror as many times as needed. That will help you perform your speech under any kind of stress. The ending is equally important so do not end your speech abruptly. Leave the audience wanting more and use your conclusion to motivate the audience to reflect upon your message. Therefore, start writing. Be inspirational and put passion in your words, connect with your audience, and in doing so, you will make your speech memorable.