"...so what've you got to tell me?"
your intro's over and you've done all you can to entice
your audience to stay with you, you've gotta make them
glad they did. A speech that starts with a bang but
ends with a whimper is still remembered as a bad speech!
So we're going to cut the writing of the speech body into
two parts: this part, Content, is concerned with
constructing your message, or "thesis" if you
prefer, and the manner in which you plan to convey it.
After that, check out Devices (at left) for some ways to
dress the speech up and make it interesting. Okay,
- Goals - It's best to start with some
objective in mind. Are you entertaining,
educating, reminiscing, narrating, persuading, or any
combination of these or other goals? No matter
how much you dress up the speech, make sure that it
doesn't stray too far from its intention. And
one recommendation: entertainment should almost
always be included with whatever other goals
you've got. An unentertained audience is a
sleeping one. But I digress; got goals?
Good. Go on...
- Views - Who are you speaking to? Whose
views do you want to present on your subject?
(And note that the incorporation of views other than
the obvious often make for an interesting speech...
more on that in Devices.) Especially in
persuasive speeches, which many many speeches are,
multiple viewpoints are very effective.
Point/counterpoint is even more compelling in speeches
than on paper, in fact!