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You Will Need
- Mastery of the subject
- Intended audience
- Self control
- Friend with editing skills
- Memorable final statement
Research and master your subject, whether for class, a student council speech, a wedding toast, a personal statement, or a business lecture. Make sure you cover the topic well.
Consider your intended audience and adjust your story and vocabulary accordingly. Find the simplest vivid language to make a point.
Outline information according to how you build your argument or present a clear chronology or sequence. Introduce yourself with a brief pertinent biographical profile and define your subject and purpose.
Write the speech without stopping, second-guessing, or editing to get your thoughts out on paper. Don't worry about the length or timing just yet.
Detail the middle of your speech with steps or progressions that advance your message, using logical transitions. Illustrate each point with factual support and avoid repitition.
Limit editorial commentary and balance your assertions with a complete rendering of the opposing viewpoint. Your job is to give a fair and full accounting and allow your audience to decide.
Edit your draft thoroughly and ask a trusted but critical friend to critique a near-final draft. Read your written speech aloud to eliminate useless information or jokes that looked good on paper but flop when spoken.
Make a final point
Make sure you end with a point that wraps things up, preferably a declarative and memorable statement that will ring true; audiences need something to chew on.