Writing A Speech

Below are some ideas and tips I have recorded after viewing the video "Great Public Speaking - An Audience in the Palm of Your Hand", by Video Education Australia.

Not all tips may work for you, but consider this a list of ideas from which to pick and choose.

See this as an opportunity, not a chore.

Part 1 - Content


  • Tune in to audience. Speak about something that is also of interest to them.
  • Write down your purpose in one short statement. (This can be called a focus statement and may even be used as the title of your speech).
  • Find and use your personal 'voice' when putting your speech together. What you write should sound like you.


  • Like a story or essay, a speech should consist of 3 main areas: Opening/Introduction, Body/Points, and Conclusion.
  • Try to have a unique beginning to 'hook' the audience in.
  • Make sure each point flows into the next (like following a river, or walking room to room in your house).
  • Use signposts; words or phrases that indicate where you are up to in your speech, such as: firstly, my second point is, or in conclusion.
  • Try to 'end with a bang'. Leave the audience with a lasting impression in your conclusion.

Tricks & Tips

  • Use Examples so your speech isn't a list of information. Try to bring the topic to life.
  • Try to get the audience to picture what you are saying. Analogies/stories, similes and metaphors can help with this.
  • Triplets. Things are easy to remember if presented in groups of three. Three has a natural feel to it.
  • The 3 A's You can use Alliteration, Acronyms and Acrostics to make your points memorable.
  • Use humour. It is easy to get an audience's attention with the use of humour and could help you to relax too.

Hook / Sizzling Starter

This is the part of the introduction that grabs the audience's attention, before you even reveal your topic. Here are some ideas we came up with that you could try. It is unlikely you will use just one - you will probably combine some of these ideas, such as following a list with a question.

  1. Question the audience? Ask a general question or even single people out. Hypothetical questions are common too.
  2. List. Create a list of subjects that relate to your topic.
  3. Appeal to your audience's emotions. Try to get them to feel something. You can do this with humour, or gross information, or use emotive language but combining with the next idea.
  4. Put the audience in the situation being explored. This often begins with, "Imagine if…" or "Picture yourself…".
  5. Paint a word picture. Often used with the idea above, but can be used on its own. Simply provide a vivid description of something so your audience can picture it.
  6. Tell a story. Start with an anecdote (personal experience) or someone else's story.
  7. Quote, saying, joke or lyric. Start with famous words someone else has already written for you.
  8. Do something odd. Do something unexpected: mimic someone you will be talking about; pause for a really long time; be over dramatic, yell something, etc. This will depend a lot on your topic.
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