Writing a Speech


There’s more than one way to write a speech, so it pays to try different ways to see what works for you.


Some folks are just organizationally-minded. They start with an outline. It is important to have a logical progression to your speech, so an outline can help you organize your thoughts.


Sometimes its easier to just begin speaking out loud what you might like to say. Another way of doing this is just begin writing how you think your speech would go. However you’re inspired, begin! Getting a rough draft down on paper can then catapult you to try speaking it out loud which will help you develop it further.

With this method, you will have to periodically check to see if your speech is flowing well and if it has good organization.


If I’m researching a topic with a lot of information, I take a lot of notes. After I’ve compiled the points and information, I’m ready to begin grouping this information. These groups help me think of how my speech might be outlined.


When I write a speech, I remind myself often of the audience’s viewpoint. This is especially important if you will be speaking about something that they know little about. Stay away from jargon or complicated words. If you can simplify the ideas, your audience will gain understanding much more quickly.


Long before I consider my speech to be complete, I begin practicing it out loud. This is because it will be spoken, not read — and as odd as it may sound, that makes a difference in your speech.

As I practice out loud, I think about how my speech moves from one topic to another. I may think about adding visual elements to help my speech be memorable. I also listen to myself and consider if any of the wording just sounds ‘odd’ or not like myself.

To be a great public speaker, preparation is key. After that, it’s practice, practice, practice!