You have to speak at an event – whether its a retirement party or a best man’s speech. Now you want to understand what goes into a good speech ?
Well, there are tons of attributes that goes into a good speech – voice modulation, eye movement, body language, dressing sense, humor and even pauses. Looks like a big task, right ? Where would you start ?
Start by watching or studying the most famous speeches that have left impact at some point in history. Start from there and only then once you have noticed what are the few important points in some of these speeches, only then work on other attributes.
Here are few examples of famous speeches ever :
“Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I have a dream” – Martin Luther King (watch this one for sure on Youtube)
“Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
All of these speeches started as a few words jotted down on paper and were propelled into history by careful composition and skilled delivery.
Writing and delivering a speech is a daunting task even for a experienced speaker. If you’re finding yourself in the position of having to write and deliver a speech, don’t fear.
When you write a speech, there are all sorts of things to keep in mind as you are penning it. Once you get it just the way you want it, then you have to start thinking about delivering it. You may find it difficult deciding what you want to say, how to say it, or perhaps the thought of speaking before an audience scares you.
Start by watching these famous speeches and if you still need help, let me know…we will further work on these attributes