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.
Give your audience a reason to listen to you
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.”
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 . . .”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“That other sentiment, dear to every true American heart – liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable.”