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Great speeches of our time
Great speeches of our time…

  • speech

  •  [ speech ]   

  • speaking ability: the ability to speak

  • communication by speaking: the act of communicating by speaking

  • utterances: things that are said

What is a speech
What is a speech?

  • Speech is the vocalized form of human communication. It is based upon the syntactic combination of lexical and names that are drawn from very large (usually about 10,000 different words) vocabularies.


  • Subject = the person/topic that is being discussed.

  • Mood = the overall feeling, created by the writing/speech.

  • Tone = The author’s attitude toward his/her audience and subject. EX – playful, serious

  • Sensory imagery = the writing or speech that appeals to one or more of the five senses. The language creates word pictures, or images.

Journal entry
Journal entry….

  • Answer each of the following questions in at least two or three complete sentences. Be sure you begin each sentence with a capital letter and end with a period.

  • Why are speeches important?

  • Who (what type of person) generally gives a speech?

    How are speeches different from other types of communication (writing, speaking)?

Speeches continued
Speeches continued…

  • Each spoken word is created out of the phonetic combination of a limited set of vowel and consonant speech sound units. These vocabularies, the syntax which structures them, and their set of speech sound units differ, creating the existence of many thousands of different types of mutually unintelligible human languages. Most human speakers are able to communicate in two or more of them.[1] The vocal abilities that enable humans to produce speech also provide humans with the ability to sing.

Planning your speech
Planning your speech

  • WHO you are going to speak for

  • WHAT the general or specific subject matter is

  • HOW long the speech is to be


    WHEREit is...

How do you write a speech
How do you write a speech?

  • Understand the purpose of the speech.

  • Is it a toast meant to honor the newlywed couple?

  • Are you imparting the new corporate image and mission statement?

  • Tailor the information in your speech to the purpose and to your audience.

  • Read more: How to Deliver a Good Speech |


  • Write your speech, putting the information in logical order. Start with an introduction, move to the body of the speech and end with a conclusion.


  • Tell stories within your speech to illustrate your points. Your audience's ears will perk up when you tell a story and anecdote. They will remember your points long after the speech is over if you make it interesting and entertaining


  • Show confidence as you start your speech. Don't apologize or start with a whimper. Be enthusiastic and soon you will be on a roll in your speech and before you know it, the speech will be over.


  • Make eye contact with members of the audience, keeping the contact for at least a few seconds. Choose people on all sides of the room, in the front, back and middle. Connect with your audience.

    Thank the audience and if appropriate, ask if there any questions or concerns. Have answers prepared for possible questions.

Almost done
Almost done….

  • Practice, practice, practice. Hone your speech by editing difficult words, muddy illustrations or unclear facts. Time yourself to see if the talk fits in the time frame.

  • Vary the tone, pitch, speed and sentence length of your speech. Speak clearly and slowly, pausing after each important point.


  • Use visual aids, if necessary. Create a Power Point presentation or a handout with the speech highlights. Bring in an eye-catching prop if appropriate.

  • Dress appropriately for the day of your speech.

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