Are you one of those people who get severe anxiety when it comes to public speaking? The thought of standing in front of hundreds of people, all eyes on you, speaking in front of them is an intimidating task for some of you.
Stage fright is a common thing. But why not overcome it?
When you are confident with the written material of your speech, you will end up speaking in a very positive and effective way.
Writing an effective speech can help you overcome your public speaking and stage fright. If you know, you have written well and good; you will be at greater ease while making a speech.
Writing a speech is not giving a presentation or writing an essay. Every writing discipline requires a different approach. The same goes for writing a speech.
The key factor to a successful speech is that it should be precise and engaging.
You don’t want to bore your audience. Do you?
Tips for writing a powerful speech
Are you wondering how to write an engaging and interesting speech?
Here are a few tips that can help you with writing an effective speech.
You should know the topic and purpose and your speech.
When you are writing your speech, remember that how do you want your audience to feel about your speech when they hear it.
Before you start writing, you should know the purpose of choosing that specific topic for your speech. Did you find the topic interesting enough to stand in front of hundreds of people and share your thoughts with them on that specific topic?
You will always end up writing better if you choose a topic that you are interested in or find motivational for yourself and others.
Write down your speech in a way that it serves the purpose of your topic.
Keep in mind your targeted audience.
You must have heard a “pro tip” that pretend there is no audience in front of you. This is going to help you with your stage fright.
Do you think it will work?
Well, I don’t think so.
The audience is a vital component when it comes to delivering a speech. You should know how your audience’s minds work and how will they respond to the topic of your speech.
If you are delivering your speech on a topic related to elderly people with teenagers as your audience, you are shooting in the dark. They might receive your topic in a completely different context or they might not get it at all.
Will your audience understand some humorous jargons or they will get offended?
Are there any children in your audience?
Do you need to simplify your speech for them?
What are the demographics of your audience?
Keep such questions in your mind when you are writing your speech. If the content is according to the mindset of your audience, you will end up getting a lot of appreciation for your speech.
If not, they might not even get what you were trying to say up there.
Your speech should deliver your message.
Whenever you are writing a speech or listening to one, the basic purpose is to deliver your message. You can write perfect quality content, but if you have failed to deliver your message, your speech was a disaster.
You want your audience to walk away at the end of your speech remembering the message and purpose of your speech. Here is a little tip for you to make sure that your message was heard loud and clear.
Start your speech with a vast and broad message.
Break down your message in different components.
Explain every component of your speech.
Continue breaking it down until you summarize your topic into one single sentence.
An inverted pyramid with the most information in the start, ending up in one single sentence will help your audience understand the message of your speech.
Set the right tone of your speech
Do you think starting your speech with a humorous sentence or a joke is a great idea?
Well, it might be or it might not be.
Again, it comes to your audience. Remember who your audience is.
If you start your speech with a joke, some might find it offensive. The same goes for a very serious speech.
You don’t want to bore your audience to death.
Decide what tone is suitable for your speech topic and stick to it.
If you have chosen a formal speech topic, inserting a joke now and then won’t do you any good. A deviating tone won’t have the same effect no matter how good you are at delivering your message.
Start your speech with a catchy introduction
You need to grab the attention of your audience from the beginning. For that, you have to start your speech in an interesting and catchy manner.
It is okay to be a little humorous keeping in mind the tone of your speech and your audience. Humour helps engage the audience. Once you have the attention of your audience, you have the chance of delivering a successful speech.
Take your time in writing the introduction of your speech. Be creative.
If you sound uninteresting from the start, you will lose the attention of your audience.
It is hard to win your audience back once you have lost their attention.
Maintain the flow of your speech.
To deliver an engaging and interesting speech, you have to maintain the flow of your speech.
Remember, the writing style of every paper differs from the other one. You write an essay and a speech in the same way. Both have different criteria and requirements.
When you are writing your speech, do not turn your speech writing into essay writing.
When you are explaining different aspects of your speech, maintain a rhythm and flow. While jumping from one point to another, be very smooth and rhythmic.
This will keep your audience engaged by helping them follow you point to point and understand the purpose and message of your speech.
Conclude your speech with a strong ending.
As important as the introduction of your speech is, don’t forget that the conclusion also contributes a great deal in delivering your message.
You have discussed different aspects of your topic in your speech. Now you have to conclude the entire argument in a way that it provides closure to your topic and discussion.
This is where the basic purpose of your speech is served and that is “delivering the message.”
You don’t want to leave an open ending to your speech with several questions in the audience’s mind.
Write your conclusion in a way that your audience walks away with the message of your speech in their minds.
After all, that is the basic purpose of a speech.
Do not rush through the conclusion. Many students forget that concluding your argument is as important as discussing it is.
Summarize your entire discussion in a single point.
Hit the key points once again in conclusion.
Don’t mention irrelevant details in conclusion.
Avoid being complicated while ending your speech.
Exaggerating the topic can decrease the effectiveness of your message.
Keep it short and precise.
Writing an effective speech does not seem much difficult now. Does it?