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How to Write a Speech

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Parts of a Speech

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.

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