Speech writing in Public Speaking – The various techniques and all you need to know about speech writing
Public speaking mostly deals with writing and delivering. Most public speakers are writers as well. Even though there is a saying that public speakers are born and not raised but trust me, most well-spoken public speakers are trained. One of the best skills public speakers are known to possess is speech writing ability. In this article, you will explore the speech writing in public speaking. Speech writing is an effective way of communicating to the public as Gerald Fort quoted “nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively”.
You need first ask yourself the purpose of a speech. What is the purpose of a speech? Generally, a speech is said to have three main purposes;
Informing, Persuading, and Entertaining.
Have you ever been to a gathering where a speech was delivered by the president? What are some of the main points you grab in such speeches? You could see that most official or presidential speeches are informative and persuasive right? Such speech is said to either inform or persuade the audience or the public.
How about a gathering where the speech delivered was mainly of jokes and humor? It was quite entertaining, right? That was an entertaining speech perhaps. So you could see that every speech has its role to play. Let us now dive into the three main purposes of speech writing.
The purpose of a speech is mostly determined by the occasion on which the speech would be presented. The purpose of informing is mostly on official occasions. Some of the speeches that inform are presidential speeches, press conference speeches, and any other official or unofficial gathering where the speech aims to educate the audience and share with them something unknown to them previously.
Persuade is another purpose of a speech. Persuasive speeches are sometimes known as the master of speeches. Every public speaker aims to always persuade his or her audience and that is where they make important use of the persuasive purpose of the speech. Gatherings, where persuasive speeches are not exempted, are presidential addresses, political rallies, and rejoinders from companies.
Entertainment is the mass choice. Some speeches only aim to educate the audience. In most cases, these kinds of speech are not actually presented as official speeches but they are delivered extemporaneously thus without any document reference. Examples are the joke crackers at entertainment shows and even poets.
These are the three main purposes of a speech. You know these and you would find it easier to put your speech together thus is your speech going to inform, persuade or entertain your audience?
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