for great speeches - Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversary, Retirements...
Prepare your speech well. Spend a little time thinking of
what you are going to say and the kind of audience you are
going to address. Churchill often said that it only took
him 10 minutes to prepare a two-hour speech, but it took
him all of two hours to prepare a 10 minute one.
Good Opening and Ending. The first and last sections
of your speech are crucial. Give them a little extra thought,
perhaps even writing out your opening and closing lines
and learning them off. A humorous opening will get your
audience's attention right away, eg, "As Henry V111
said to each of his wives in turn, 'I won't keep you very
long,'" or "A good speech, they say, should be
like a mini-skirt, short enough to be interesting, and long
enough to cover the essentials.
Body of Speech. Your speech should be structured.
Write out the points you want to make in a sequence, one
after the other, so that one point leads into the next.
Quotes. Pepper your speech with quotes. This
will add power to what you say.
Humor. Use appropriate humor/joke/funny story
to get your audience with you. When you hear them laughing
they are paying attention to you and your message.
Eye contact. It is very important to maintain
eye contact with your audience, panning back and forth across
the width of the room so that you appear to be speaking
to everyone directly.
Notes. Use cue cards with key words and phrases
written on them, glancing at them every now and again to
remind you of the next point. That way you will be able
to maintain the all-important eye contact with your audience.
Avoid reading the entire speech from a script.
Smile. Be sincere, avoiding over-statement or
exaggered flattery if the speech is in praise of someone,
and most important, smile.
will find our large resource of funny quotations, jokes
and stories on lifeisajoke.com useful in composing your
speech - feel free to use them at will!!