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Basics of Speech Writing

by Ron Kurtus (2 March 2013)

If you have an assignment to write a speech for someone else or want to write one for yourself, there are basic steps to follow.

First, you make preparations to write the speech, then you write it, and finally you assure it is ready for delivery.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.



Make preparations

Preparations required before writing a speech include determining the purpose of the speech, analyzing the audience and the occasion, and selecting a proper subject.

Write speech

In writing the speech, it is good to start with an outline. You can then refine the outline, such that you have a logical flow, as well as address the points of interest.

Once you're satisfied with the outline, you can write out the speech in its entirety.

Assure ready for delivery

The way to assure the speech is ready for delivery is to read aloud. Doing this, allows you to edit awkward sentences.

Next, you let the speaker read the speech aloud to verify its content. This should assure both of you that the speech is ready for delivery.

Even if you are the speaker, repeating reading the speech aloud should allow you to refine it more.

Summary

You may an assignment to write a speech for someone else or may want to write one for yourself. In either case, there are basic steps to follow: you make preparations to write the speech, you write the speech, and then you assure it is ready for delivery.


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Resources and references

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The Fundamentals of Speechwriting - From Graduate School of Political Management - Georgetown University

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Top-rated books on Speech Writing


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