Speech Writing Aid
by Ron Kurtus (revised 14 October 2011)
If you have to give a speech or presentation to your class, you need to write a script that is logical and easy to follow.
A major problem some students have in writing a speech is that they have not defined a specific subject to write and speak about. Another problem is that they try to cover too much material.
A good concept for writing a speech is to pick a specific topic and then explain three major points on that topic. This allows you to present a single idea to the class. A typical speech consists of a salutation or greeting to your audience, an introduction that states a problem or topic, three solutions with examples, and a summary that restates your initial problem and solutions.
My speech writing aid can help you organize your thoughts and gives a short version of your speech on which you can elaborate. This application is mainly looking at the type of speech that proposes solutions to some problem. Although there are other types of speeches, this aid can give you an idea of how to start.
Questions you may have include:
- How do you define your topic?
- What are possible solutions?
- What are results or benefits of solutions?
This lesson will answer those questions.
Define your topic
One type of speech concerns proposing solutions to a problem. You need to define a specific topic that will allow you to propose some realistic solutions.
Pick out a phrase that states the problem of concern. For example:
- Global warming
- Bullies in school
- Violence on television
I am sure you can think of some problem that concerns you and for which you can suggest some possible solutions.
You don't want to have too many solutions or points to cover in a speech, otherwise it can become boring or too difficult to memorize. Three possible solutions is an optimal number.
Consider your problem and list three possible solutions. If the subject is something of concern, I am sure you can think of several solutions.
For example, solutions to bullies at school could be:
- Tell the teacher
- Fight back
- Avoid the bully
Result or benefit
For each solution you propose, you can state the result or benefit. In an actual speech, you might include the pros and cons for each idea.
Examples of the result or benefit for the possible solution of avoiding the bully could be:
- He may forget about you
- Friends may say you are afraid
- He can't bully someone he doesn't see
Create your speech
The method to create your speech is to simply follow the instructions and fill in the blanks. Use your mouse to move to the next area to input text. When you are through answering the questions select the Create Speech button to see the results of your input.
If you make a typing mistake, you may have to use the Backspace key to make a correction.
You can mark and copy this speech and then paste it into your word processor to edit and elaborate.
You can use this Automated Speech Writer to assist you in organizing your speech or written material.
The ability to speak well to a group is a powerful tool
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