So you’ve volunteered, been asked, or selected to give a speech. Now what?
Most people consider giving a speech up there with getting a root canal; but, actually, it’s not that hard, and can even be enjoyable if you’re well prepared.
Where to start? The best way is to first know your audience and the occasion. What is expected; a technical treatise, an inspirational message, or something light and entertaining? In a mixed group, try to find some common ground – work, community, geography, habits, past experiences or any other similarities with your audience.
The best topic is, of course, something you know about. An entertaining speech is a good all around choice, but all speeches have similar goals and techniques.
Developing Your Topic
There are many ways to develop a topic. For an entertaining speech, don’t just tell jokes, find a specific theme the audience can relate and visualize. Remember that an entertaining speech can have a serious message, and a serious speech can still be entertaining.
Some basic suggestions: