Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing notes, part of Writing Speeches.
- Even though you've just spent a…lot of time writing that speech,…you're probably not going to read it.…Nothing puts an audience to sleep faster…than a write-and-read speech with a monotone.…Instead, you're going to speak it to the audience…and make it sound extemporaneous.…How? With easy-to-read speaking notes.…Use a keyword or phrase outline.…You may want to write the entire introdcution…and ending, your key points, statistics that…you want to be sure you cite correctly,…and even highlight when you want to emphasize…a word or use a particular hand motion.…
Write in "pause" or "emphasize".…Should those speaking notes be on…a sheet of paper or on note cards?…There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.…You need to practice to learn what works best for you.…Whichever you use, it should not…be distracting to the audience.…Don't hold up the sheet of paper or shuffle the card deck.…As you speak, you can follow your…outline or note cards with quick glances.…If you use note cards, I suggest you number them.…
- Choosing a topic
- Composing a thesis
- Organizing the speech
- Outlining the body
- Finishing with a strong ending
- Incorporating research
- Adapting to different audience sizes, attitudes, and expectations
- Writing for different occasions
- Preparing notes and visuals
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Determining the Purpose
2. Deciding the Organizational Arrangement
3. Outlining the Organization
4. Incorporating Support
Collecting primary research4m 14s
5. Adapting to the Audience
6. Writing for Different Occasions
7. Preparing the Prompts
Next steps5m 31s
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