ERIC Number: ED236703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
How To Make a Speech. Power of the Printed Word.
Scary as making a speech is, it's important for anyone to be able to speak in front of others. When picking a topic, keep the audience in mind. What are they interested in and how much do they already know about your subject? When planning what to say, research the topic thoroughly. Organize the speech in three parts: introduction, main body, and summation. The introduction is important because this is where the audience makes up its mind about the speaker. The four intents of the main body are to entertain, to instruct, to persuade, and to inspire. The summation should incorporate a sentence or two which sounds like an ending. Ideally, the speech should not be read, or at least not appear to be read. The best speakers are those who sound spontaneous even if the words are memorized. Brevity is an asset; twenty minutes is ideal. Consult a dictionary for proper meanings and pronunciations. It helps to pick out a few people in the audience to focus on. A question period at the end is a good notion. Larger crowds are easier to speak to because the response is multiplied. Few speakers escape the butterflies, but they are beneficial rather than harmful. (DC)
"Power of the Printed Word," International Paper Co., Dept. 9, P.O. Box 954, Madison Square Station, New York, NY 10010.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services.
Identifiers: PF Project; Speech Writing