Tuesday, June 07, 2005

And Now For Some Tips

Ever wonder how great speakers compose great speeches? It's not as difficult as it sounds. Years ago, I used to write speeches from scratch, using new material every time. This is like buying a new car every time you want to go to the grocery store. Not very productive.

So how do you create great speeches?

First, every speech must have a theme. This is not the same as the subject. You may want to talk about birds. The theme is what you want to say about birds. Perhaps you want to talk about why birds migrate. This is your theme. You use this theme to create a statement you want to prove in your talk. Pick an opening based on the theme and a close based on the theme. The middle of the speech is used to prove the opening and closing with examples and stories.

If you build from a theme, you will have a coherent, clear speech every time.

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