Choosing a Topic• Is it interesting?• Will your audience find it interesting?• Do you know something about it or will you be able to find enough information and ideas about the topic? The topic that is personal to you is often the best idea so that you feel relaxed and confident about what you are saying
Brainstorming and Planning• Write down everything you can think of about your topic: – Key words and phrases – Information – Thoughts and feelings – Ways to present your content
Writing your Speech• Sort your ideas from brainstorming and planning - order them• Work out your beginning, middle and end: – Beginning - get the audience’s attention e.g. a rhetorical question, a riddle, a sudden movement or word. Expression!! – Middle - your information, give examples, tell a ‘story’, make the audience believe in what you are saying and try to involve them. – End - sum up with a conclusion that will leave the audience thinking. What was the main point of you speech?
Length of your SpeechIt should be at least two minutes long and no longer than three minutes
Cue Cards• Write your speech on cue cards• Make sure that they are not too much bigger than your palm• The best thing to do is to write notes and reminders on your cue cards rather than your whole speech
Practice• Practise your speech over and over again until you feel very confident about saying it.• Say it in front of your family, friends, pets and the mirror• If you can, tape yourself. How do you sound?
Engagement with your audience• Try your best to relax and feel confident when speaking to your audience (this isn’t easy)• Ensure that you have eye contact with a variety of members of the audience, not just one or two and not with the back wall.• Make your audience feel involved and relaxed with you too. A good way to do this is by telling a story as an example of what you are trying to say. When your audience can relate to what you are saying it makes them feel involved.• Humour can often help to relax you and build a rapport with your audience
Delivery• Remember the way you say your speech is just as important as what you say.• When practising your speech delivery you need to consider the following skills – Clarity and volume of voice – Expression and intonation – Pace