Before you can write a speech, you have to know a little about speech construction. There are certain types of speeches, and each type contains certain characteristics.
Just like essays, all speeches have three main sections: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Unlike essays, speeches must be written to be heard, as opposed to read. You need to write a speech in a way that keeps the attention of an audience.
This simply means that your speech should contain a little color, drama, or humor. It should have “flair.” The trick to giving a speech flair is using attention-grabbing anecdotes and examples.
Since there are different types of speeches, your attention-grabbing techniques should fit the speech type.
Types of Speeches
Informative speeches inform your audience about a topic, event, or area of knowledge.
- Podcasting for Teens
- Drinking Is for Dummies
- The Underground Railroad
Instructional speeches provide information about how to do something.
- How to Shape Perfect Eyebrows
- Make a Great Bag Out of Old Clothing
- How to Stand on Your Head
Persuasive speeches attempt to convince or persuade the audience.
- Study Abroad is Life-Enhancing
- Abstinence Can Save Your Life
- Benefits of Volunteering
Entertaining speeches entertain your audience.
- Life Is Like a Dirty Dorm
- Can Potato Peels Predict the Future?
- Marshmallows Should Be a Food Group
Special Occasion speeches entertain or inform your audience.
- graduation speech
- wedding toast
- campaign speech
You can explore the different types of speeches and decide what speech type fits your assignment.