Tips for Public Speech Writing

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Tips for Public Speech Writing


Public speaking nowadays isn’t reserved simply for philosophers, teachers, politicians, and nobles. In today’s society, many of us need to present our findings, opinions, pressing matters. Once again, we come to find that the Internet offers us numerous ways to obtain information. Such examples are reviews, advice on writing various tasks, materials that educate us and promote our growth. One more thing that we can gain from the more and more popular digital world is tips on how to write a brilliant speech for public speaking. Let’s see…

Know Your Audience

As with any writing (or speaking, for that matters), one needs to know their audience and realize who are they trying to influence. Here, when we are talking about speech writing, the same principle applies. The more information you have about what your audience is and what do they like, the better will be the efficiency of your writing. By ensuring you have the necessary knowledge, you will be able to reach the audience much more efficiently.

Of course, simply knowing the audience will not settle the matter. You need to also consider what do they need. Think a bit about their needs, wants, and requirements. Ponder on whether they have a particular problem that you can solve. Also, take into account other matters around your audience that can be targeted with your speech.

Pick What Your Topic Will Be

Different speeches require various approaches. For short ones, you need to keep them focused. For longer ones, you can touch on more subjects. But, as always, having a particular topic of interest will serve you well.

For instance, you may be presenting a business idea. When you are doing so, you’d better focus on the specific strengths of the idea and how can you put them to use. Then, make the speech relevant to how the strengths can solve the weaknesses of your would-be business partners.

Sure, there are plenty of topics that can be selected. What matters here is that you don’t go into too much detail. You need to stay away from presenting too much information. If you put too many things in the speech, you will overwhelm the listeners. If you do so, they will likely forget a lot of things you’ve said, promised, offered to solve, etc.

Research the Topic

Indeed, research is a powerful tool to be used. Make sure to harness it properly. Sometimes you won’t need to do a lot of it, other times you’d be dealing with a whole lot of research. There are instances when you’ll have huge knowledge on the particular subjects and others when you’ll need to learn quite a bit.

So, what matters here is to consciously go through the relevant materials you can find. Select which of them are important enough to be used in the speech. Then build around them.

Write It Down

Now, the first thing to do is an outline. The organization is key. Also, write the way you talk generally. If applicable, you can use humor, small talk, etc. It’s a good thing to have speaker notes, too. Remember, the public will likely not see them and here you can place specific reminders to help you out.

When making a particular point, be specific, give statistics or certain examples. Vague statements can lead to ambiguity and/or confusion.

Consider writing more short sentences. They are easier to remember, plus, you aren’t going to give the speech word for word following what you’ve written.

Some useful structure tips include: start with an introduction, continue with relevant details, examples, problems, and solutions; after explaining the main part and discussing the necessary data, make a thorough conclusion and finish strong.

Select How You Are Going to Present the Speech

Many times, you can use professional tools for presentations. Such is, for instance, PowerPoint. It’s highly used, but you can go for another tool of your liking.

Polish the Presentation

Now, when you’ve selected the tool you’d use for the presentation, consider the template. This will allow you to visually strengthen your speech and make it memorable.

Sure, you can start your template from scratch. But this takes time, experience, and knowledge. If you lack one of them, you’ll be better off using a pre-designed template.

Final Tips

If possible, commit the speech to memory. Otherwise, you can go for note cards and/or the outline you’ve made. What you should not do is read the speech.

Practice, practice, and practice again. This will allow you to feel more comfortable and certain in your presentation.

Visual aids can give you quite a boost in terms of performance.

Dress professionally. When uncertain what would the dress code be, contact those who are responsible for the organization of the event.

Be natural. Don’t go into strange poses, don’t speak weirdly. Rather, speak naturally and assume your natural position. Remember, mistakes may occur, but they may even go unnoticed. What you should do in such cases is keep going.


Yes, we may be able to find many resources and a helping hand on the Internet, but public speaking will remain a skill we should master. Of course, some are naturals in it, while others need a bit of a push to get through the presentation. No matter how good or bad at public speaking are you, there are always ways to present a wonderful speech. What you need to do for that is prepared. Preparation is an aspect that should receive uttermost attention.

In today’s article, we tried to give you helpful tips exactly for the preparation part. We know how stressful public speaking can be, how difficult may it be to write your speech and make it a memorable one. Still, even if it’s your first time speaking in public, even if you are anxious, even if you’ve made mistakes in public speeches before, you can always boost your performance and excel.

So, make sure to allow for enough preparation, research, and practice. Then your speech will shine bright.

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