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How To Write and Deliver A Successful Speech. Presentation by Keva Silversmith 2002. Writing The Speech. Write for the ear, not for the eye. A speech must be written to be heard, not read Learn to “write aloud.”. Average Number of Words Understood Per Sentence.

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how to write and deliver a successful speech

How To Write and Deliver A Successful Speech

Presentation by

Keva Silversmith2002

writing the speech
Writing The Speech
  • Write for the ear, not for the eye.
  • A speech must be written to be heard, not read
  • Learn to “write aloud.”
p a i n t a picture with words
Paint a Picture with Words
  • “ So honored the British Prime Minister has crossed an ocean to show his unity of purpose with America.”
  • “We all realize that the most freshly dug graves belong to people our own age in Israel.”
  • “They were a fortress of strength; but what invading armies could never do, the silent artillery of time has done . . .”

How Many Words?




  • Relate to your audience
  • Relate to your topic

Give your audience a reason to listen to you

relating to your audience
Relating To Your AUDIENCE

Governor George W. Bush, NAACP

Convention, July 10, 2000

“I’m pleased to be here. I’m also reminded of what the great Jackie

Robinson once said when President Kennedy did something to

upset him. Robinson said that he was sure the President was a

“fine man” – but he reserved the right to change his opinion.

For those who support me – I see one or two here – I hope you

won’t change your opinion. For those who don’t, I hope you take

Jackie’s position as your own and give me a chance to tell you

what is in my heart.”

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Relating To Your AUDIENCE
  • President Clinton, Prayer Service, Oklahoma City, April 23, 1995. “I am honored to be here today to represent the American people. But I have to tell you that Hillary and I also come as parents, as husband and wife, as people who were your neighbors for some of the best years of our lives.”
  • President Clinton, Eulogy for Yizhak Rabin, November 6, 1995. “I ask you, the people of Israel, on behalf of my nation that knows its own long litany of loss, from Abraham Lincoln to President Kennedy to Martin Luther King . . .”
president bush announcement of new freedom initiative disabilities legislation february 1 2002
President Bush, Announcement of New Freedom Initiative (disabilities legislation), February 1, 2002

Relating To Your TOPIC

“One of the things I enjoy most about my new job is the walk I get to take every single morning up the colonnade from the residence to the Oval Office. I say “up,” because the path rises just slightly. It’s been that way since they took out the steps, so that Franklin Roosevelt could make it to his place of work.

This house is among the first places in America to accommodate people with disabilities . . .”

columbia university student mira kogan solidarity rally for israel washington d c april 15 2002
Columbia University Student Mira Kogan, Solidarity Rally for Israel, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2002

Relating To Your TOPIC

“But as college students we all realize that the most freshly dug graves belong to people our own age in Israel; for when we college students see the faces of those soldiers who are protecting the land of Israel, the people of Israel and Jews worldwide we see our own faces.”

  • Use verbal signposts in your speech
  • In a speech, the listener rely on:
    • paragraphs
    • page breaks
    • punctuation
  • Let your listener know where you are, and where you are going


  • Less is More
president bush address to a joint session of congress and the american people september 20 2001
President Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001

“Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered a great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment . . . The advance of human freedom – the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time – now depends on us.”

President Lincoln, Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863

“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate – we can not consecrate – we cannot hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

daniel webster united states senator from massachusetts reply to hayne january 26 1830
Daniel Webster, United States Senator from Massachusetts, Reply to Hayne, January 26, 1830

“That other sentiment, dear to every true American heart – liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable.”