- Choose a general topic.
- Compose a thesis statement.
- Write a strong ending.
- Use transitions to tie thoughts together.
- Differentiate between primary and secondary research.
- Identify and adapt to audience knowledge.
- Assess whether to incorporate visuals and follow the rules.
- Differentiate between persuasive and informational speeches.
Skill Level Intermediate
- Do you know what Judson Welliver, Emmet Hughes, Ted Sorensen, and Jon Favreau have in common? Have you ever even heard those names? They certainly aren't well-known household names. What they have in common is that they are all successful speechwriters for former presidents, Harding, Eisenhower, JFK, and Obama respectively. Hi, and welcome to speech writing. I'm Judy, and even though neither your name nor mine may ever be on a famous speechwriter list, I look forward to helping you write a solid, well-organized speech, most likely one you will also deliver.
You've probably heard the cliche that having to give a speech is often listed as the number one fear, even above death. One of the ways to reduce the fear of delivering a speech is to make sure that the speech is well-organized, has strong content, and is appropriate for the occasion. Achieving those things should come long before the actual delivery. They're all achieved during the writing phases. So let's get started on learning how to research, organize, and write speeches for a variety of audiences and occasions.