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Preparing a Speech? Use This Speech Template
By Lock Lyon
Sometimes the most difficult part of a speech is the preparation. What will you say, and how will you say it? Who is the audience, and how will you connect with them? Luckily, a simple template can help you construct your speech in a way that helps your audience relate to your topic.
Begin at the Beginning
Consider the purpose of your speech. Toastmasters learn this idea during their first level projects in Pathways. Speeches can be informative, entertaining, persuasive or inspirational. Try to stick to a single purpose. Speeches that are a combination of two or more purposes are more difficult to prepare as well as perform. Consider your audience, and what they may know about your topic. Consider how you intend them to benefit from your speech.
A Simple Outline
With the above things in mind, consider the following simple outline:
- By the end of my speech on [Speech Title];
- The audience will appreciate or value [short list of topics] ;
- And will take the following actions [short list of actions].
This outline or template helps you focus on the “Why” of your speech. As you create your introduction, main points and conclusion you can apply the template to ensure that the audience hears and receives your message multiple times. Here is an example.
Template: “By the end of my speech on Microwave Mug Meals, the audience will appreciate the ease of creating simple meals using a coffee mug, a microwave and a few simple ingredients. They will come away with recipes for creating simple meals that they can pass along to children, teens and even college students.”
Introduction: “Microwave Mug Meals are something I discovered online. They are a great way to introduce children to simple cooking, and can provide nutritious meals that are speedily produced.”
- Relate a story about a teen who didn’t have a lot of time but still wanted to make their own meals.
- Describe some recipes you have tried, including stories about successes and failures!
- Note that even pizza, brownies and thanksgiving meals can be created in this way.
- List references for recipes and more information.
Conclusion: “Microwave Mug Meals are a fast and simple way to introduce children and young adults to nutritious foods. Try some of these yourself!”
While the subject of this speech is intentionally humorous, the purpose of the speech is to inform the audience. Use the Template to remind yourself of the main ingredients of your introduction, speech body and conclusion.
5 Tips for Finding the Leaders of Tomorrow
by District Director Stefan Jenssen
Tip#1: Use your senses! Malcolm X said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Since you have 2 ears and 2 eyes, utilize them often. Use your mouth to encourage the leaders of tomorrow.”
Tip #2: Plant the seed and share your insights. Specifically explain where you see growth and improvement in others.
Tip #3: Explain to members the benefits you personally have experienced in your role. Thomas A. Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Tip #4: Make members aware of opportunities. Queen Elizabeth said, “It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”
Tip #5: Ask members what area of their lives they would like to improve. Tie their answers into the skills they would learn as a club leader. For example, if their goal is to build confidence in decision making, suggest that they assume the role of club president. Although it may not be easy, building your club officer team can be rewarding for both you and your members.
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