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Giving and writing speeches

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Laura Henwood

on 23 August 2013

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Transcript of Giving and writing speeches

Body language:
Giving and writing speeches
The importance of effective communication:
Best man speech at a wedding.
Although speeches can be written for many different purposes, generally they will fall into two categories: FORMAL and INFORMAL.

Consider the following examples and decide whether you think they are 'formal' or 'informal'...

Demonstration speech at a protest.
Acceptance speech.
Retirement/ farewell speech.
Did you know that many people are more afraid of making a speech than they are of going to the dentist? This may be because they are unsure of what makes a good speech or are simply afraid of their audience! By carefully considering both of these aspects, you can write yourself a successful speech in no time!
Consider literary techniques
What makes a good speech and how to construct your own...
Introduction speech at a new company.
The Queen's Chrismas speech 2012.
Kings and Queens
On TV: The Queen's yearly speech at Christmas time. Shows us the structure of formal speeches.

In film: 'The King's Speech'. Shows us the importance of effective communication.
Colin Firth plays King George VI giving declaration of war on Germany speech
Writing and speaking in
a clear and concise manner.
Have a list of key points you want to make, and tick them off once you have included them. Try to avoid unnecessary waffle in your script!

When presenting to an audience, consider using cue cards as prompts rather than holding a full sheet of paper!

Know your audience
Who are you targeting your speech at and why?
When you establish this, tailor your content around your audience! Remember: it is important to consider your tone!

What literary techniques can you use to make your speech more interesting and engaging?
Some examples include:
* List of three
* Rhetorical questions
* Humour
* Fact and opinion
* Alliteration
Also: be careful to consider these in relation to the style of your speech and your audience. For example: It may not be appropriate to use humour in a serious formal speech, and it may not be useful to use too many facts in an informal speech.
Consider the length of your speech and the
speed of your delivery.
Do you want it to be short and to
the point or lengthy and dull? Be careful
not to rush your words!
When preparing a speech, you may
want to think about timing how
long it takes during a practice run-though.

When delivering speeches to an audience, it is
important to remember that your communication
does not stop with your spoken words. A large
proportion of messages are communicated through
the use of body language.

If you want your audience to stay engaged and
interested in what you are saying...avoid slouching,
yawning, fidgeting and looking generally un-interested!
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