to Prepare Your Speech
I didn't say "Write".
Because writing a speech can be a lot of work and it may not
be necessary. I tell most of my clients NOT to write their speeches,
especially short ones like you are giving.
If you are REALLY passionate about your topic, you can just
have an outline and then, let it rip!
So, here are the possibilities:
ONE: A TOPIC YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT
Make sure that you have selected a topic that you ARE passionate
about, something you REALLY want to share with America so we
Think Something (that they may have never
thought before your speech)
Feel Something (that they may have never felt
before your speech)
Do Something (that they may NOT have done without
seeing/hearing YOUR speech)
That is the goal of giving a speech.
NOT to simply download information. We have computers for that
these days. YOUR job as a speaker is to move, persuade, motivate,
STEP TWO: RESEARCH IT
Speeches must have some substance, even short ones, to have
the most impact. That's why we have provided you with ISSUES
BRIEFINGS from our sponsors on some issues and connected you
with some very cool media companies as our "Official News
Sources". So, browse through the ISSUES BRIEFINGS, tune
in to the news sources and, of course, Google away all you want.
STEP THREE: GET THE INFO DOWN ON PAPER!
3 ways to do this:
1. Write it all out
2. Make a detailed outline
3. Make a "bullet point" outline
4. Write it all out and then go through it and turn the sentences
into either a detailed outline or, preferably, a "bullet
#4 is the way most speakers do it and the way I would recommend.
STEP FOUR: PRACTICE AND TIME
Remember, this is a 2 - 3 minute speech. If it is more than
3:30, you will be disqualified, so you might want to practice
it once or twice for time before you videotape it!