2014 Speech TopicsRemember that you are expected to write a persuasive speech- that means that your argument must be for or against the topic eg: Violent video games make people more violent- you wither agree or disagree with this and write your speech accordingly. Speeches should be at Least 2 minutes long.

  • Recycling is just a waste of time
  • The Flash (or whichever superhero you like) is the best super hero ever
  • Snap Chat is a risky business
  • Is everything we read and see in the media true?
  • Being invisible is the best super power ever!
  • I think all bullies should have a wall of shame photo displayed in the office
  • During hot summer days, school should be shortened by an hour.
  • Kids should be able to choose their own bedtime
  • Country town living is better than city life
  • Too much $$ is a bad thing
  • Wellsford is a great school to belong to
  • Music is more important than sport

Writing and delivering your speech
Writing your speech
  1. Choose a topic!
  2. Write a list of brainstorm ideas about your topic.
  3. Put similar ideas together that could fit into the same paragraph or theme.
  4. Your speech must have a
  • Beginning (introduction)
  • Middle (development in several paragraphs)
  • End (conclusion)
  1. Start with a “hook” (This is an opening word, phrase or sentence that catches the attention of your audience and engages them. It could be a question, a demonstration, a humorous statement or a profound statement about the topic you are about to talk about).
  2. Give your speech “closure” at the end. (summarise the main points, end with a statement that will convince the audience of your main point, or end with a question for the audience to ponder…)
  3. Use language features to add interest to your speech, but don’t overdo it!

Delivering your speech

  1. Stand centre stage (unless your entry is part of your introduction or “hook”)
  2. Read your speech from a series of flash cards (use up to 3 sentences per card so you don’t lose your place).
  3. Glance down frequently if you need to but keep eyes focussed on the audience (the more you practice reading your speech, the less you will have to look at your flash cards)
  4. Don’t over-use hand or facial gestures but a few of these in the appropriate places can add humour or clarification to your delivery.
  5. Speak clearly, confidently and at a constant pace (slower more than faster)
  6. Use expression in your voice, and change the tone as you need to, in order to make your point and to keep the audience engaged. Don’t speak too softly or loudly.
  7. When finished, deliver your conclusion, wait for applause and then walk off the stage. Good luck!

What is the purpose of your speech?

  • Is it to motivate or inspire?
  • Is it to persuade to a particular point of view?
  • Is it to share specialist information?
  • Is it to celebrate a person, a place, time or event?

The Introduction
What makes a great opening?
You want one that makes listening to you the only thing the audience want to do.

You want them to forget they're hungry or that their chair is hard or that the bills need paying.

The answer is to capture their interest straight away. You do this with a 'hook'.

Hooks come in as many forms as there are speeches and audiences.

Your task is work out what the specific hook is to catch your audience.

Go back to the purpose.

Why are you giving this speech? Once you have your answer, consider your call to action.

What do you want the audience to do as a result of listening to you?

Ask yourself, if I were him/her what would appeal?

  • Is it humour?
  • Would shock tactics work?
  • Is it formality or informality?
  • Is it an outline of what you're going to cover?
  • Is it a quote that inspires?
  • Or is it a mix of all these elements?
  • Experiment with several openings until you've found the one that serves your audience, subject matter and purpose best

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