Speeches are usually formal spoken presentations for a particular purpose - often to persuade the audience to support an idea, or to explain/describe an interesting topic or event.
If you're asked to write a speech the most important thing is that a strong sense of ‘voice’ or viewpoint comes through – make the reason for the speech clear from (or very near) the beginning.
- Write in the first person ‘I’ (but use ‘we’ to include the audience!)
- Use direct address ‘How would you feel?’
- Clear topic sentences, with separate points/ideas for each paragraph
- You don’t need speech marks
- Use some informal language, shorter sentences and questions to keep your audience interested
- Varied punctuation for effect... (Are you with me? I said are you with me? Good!)
- Range of sentence lengths
-You engage your audience immediately through personal reference or surprising information
-You use a range of PERFECTS
-You use a range of sentence lengths and varied punctuation for effect
-You use the first person 'I' and direct address 'You'
-You make your points clearly in separate paragraphs with topic sentences
-You match your style to your audience
How to start a speech - make it ENGAGING
LANGUAGE TECHNIQUES - DON'T FORGET!
E motive language
R hetorical Questions
T one/Rule of Three