Developing a Speech
by Ron Kurtus (1 March 2013)
After you have made preparations to write your speech, you can then start developing the speech.
Steps involved include: gathering the material, making an outline of the speech, and improving the wording of the speech.
Questions you may have include:
- How do you gather material?
- Why make an outline?
- How is the wording improved?
This lesson will answer those questions.
Gathering speech material
You start gathering speech material with drawing on what you already know about the subject and then roughly deciding what points you want to include in your speech. You will then want to include information such as facts, illustrations, stories, and examples that can help you develop your speech.
Typically, you will have to use outside sources, such as books, magazines, and the Internet.
Although some speakers will simply write out the speech they wish to present, it is usually best to make an outline of the material. In this way, you can have a logical flow and readily insert points of interest or examples.
After the speech is written, you can make a simplified outlined to use for fixing important points in your memory for your presentation.
Improving speech wording
After the outline is complete, you can write out your speech. However, the written word is not necessarily the best form for presenting the material verbally. Besides editing the material for grammatical errors, you should also read the speech allowed, so that you can find places where the wording is awkward to speak.
Short sentences and simple sentence structure are much easier to present orally, as well as for the audience to understand the information.
Once the speech can be read aloud to your satisfaction, it is time to start practicing giving the speech without reading it or using notes.
You start developing your speech by first gathering the material on the subject matte. Then you should develop an outline of the speech, listing all the important points and examples. Finally improve the wording of the material so that it works when spoken aloud.
Be methodical in your development
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