So you've gotta write a speech...
A quick look at
what this place is all about!
welcome to Dave's Guide to Speechwriting. I'm Dave,
curator of this corner of cyberspace, and I'll let you
know a little bit about it before we get started.
So heeeeere we go:
What This Place Can Do For Ya -
Dave's Guide is a resource of advice on the step by
step process of speech writing, the synthesis of
"speakable prose" (as opposed to readable
prose), the use of oratorical devices, and
presentation tips. I've also included a few
samples of competitive and graduation speeches to
illustrate the methods discussed. There are
links to some other online speechwriting resources
(even the ads on this site can actually be useful
and of course, if there's something you need help with
that doesn't show up here, contact me and I'll see
what I can do.
What's Here - Here's a quick breakdown of the
sections on this site....
- This is all about the process of writing a good
speech. It covers introductions (yes, including
humorous intros and opening jokes), how to structure your
content, some good "devices" to use to make your
speech more interesting, some tips on delivering your
speech, and finally, ways to defuse your nervousness!
- Specific advice for various types of speeches.
This includes rules of thumb, tips for, and examples and
samples of Best Man / Maid of Honor, Graduation,
Competition, Professional, and Eulogy
- It can be a speaker's best friend or worst
enemy. A guide to the effective and tasteful
use of this ubiquitous presentation tool.
- Samples and examples of speeches of all types. See
what the finished product looks like, but please don't
Info - All about the National Forensics
League - not football! The NFL is the
organization through which students compete in various
speech, debate, and drama categories.
- There are plenty of other resources out there; make them
work for ya!