How to Write a Speech

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Good morning class,
I am _____, I have never been one to have a problem getting up in front of anyone and giving my opinion, however when it comes to formal speeches I begin to doubt myself, that is why I believe it is so important to have some public speaking experience, like this very class, under all of our belts. For me it is not the nerves, but I know for many of you, it is. First and foremost, you need to know what your topic is and who you will be delivering your speech to. Choosing a topic is difficult, unless of course it is assigned to you, I always think it is best to speak about something that is meaningful to you, something you are passionate about, whatever that might be. Next, what type of audience will you be speaking to? Your friends and family, your peers, or total strangers? This is technically called audience analysis in our textbook. Many things go into analyzing your audience. Gender, race, age, interest, social class, opinions they have. Once you have gathered all the right information you can decide what approach you will use. Next on the speech preparation list is the purpose of your speech. Why are you speaking, what are you trying to accomplish by presenting your speech? There are three types of speech mentioned in our text, informative speech which provides an audience with new information, a persuasive speech which intends to influence the audience to believe the way you do, and a special occasion speech (a.k.a. ceremonial speech) which marks a special event, for example a wedding, funeral, or banquet. This will help determine your word choice, and your thesis sentence. Which is what comes next, create a thesis statement. A thesis “clearly expresses the central idea of your speech” I think this really sets the tone for the whole speech. As we continue creating our speech we should develop main points that we will cover throughout. These should be points you feel the most strongly about and they will help guide you through,...
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