6 key tips on writing a great speech

1. Begin with a strong opening statement

Every great speech begins with a strong opening statement, delivered confidently, that intrigues or amuses the audience making them eager to hear more.

The winning speech at a recent British Toastmasters Public Speaking Contest began with…
“Picture This – I’m standing in front of 300 students”

Another opening statement that grabbed people’s attention was ‘Aren’t children amazing?’.
You could also open with ‘Aren’t languages amazing?’ if you are going to talk about learning a language and the benefits it has given you.

2. Engage the audience with a rhetorical question
A rhetorical question is a question that doesn’t require an answer but encourages the listener to think about something more deeply.

For example: “Did you ever find yourself on the wrong road and had to turn back?”
What this means is ‘Have you ever made a wrong decision and had to go back to your original choice’

This is a clever rhetorical question as all people at sometime in their life have made a wrong decision and had to take action to fix it.

Maybe you were in a relationship and realised it wasn’t a good match or changed jobs but decided you preferred your old one more. This is what this expression means, it engages the audience because we can all relate and want to hear more about what the speaker has to say

3. Make your audience laugh

There is nothing like laughter to warm an audience to you, we all love to be amused.
The best jokes are based on real life situations that people can relate to.

For example: I studied English for 6 years and thought I was doing ok, then I had a business trip to Liverpool and was excited to practice my English BUT I couldn’t understand what they were saying and I started to panic because the people didn’t sound like the British accent I heard in my Listening Tests. I didn’t know what to do so I smiled and nodded when asked questions and left as quickly as I could.

This is funny because anyone learning a new language can relate to this feeling of frustration.

4. Include emotional variety

One particularly effective strategy is to vary the emotional tone of the speech.

Some start with something that can make you laugh but skilfully transition into a poignant story. Others switch between funny and shocking throughout the speech.

What does this do for an audience? It keeps their attention; it makes them feel – and we remember feelings more than words – and gives a speech emotional colour.

5. Tell a personal story
All good speeches contain a good personal story.
You can talk about something that has affected your life, such as a transformational story and then make that story relevant to your audience through a call to action, a moral lesson or by directly relating it to people you’re talking to.

6. Have an inspiring message
A contest winning speech delivers a strong message.

From ‘Don’t give up on your dream’ to ‘Its ok, everyone doubts themselves at times’

It is best to include this in your conclusion as you finish strongly and the audience won’t forget what you said. The key to a good speech is being able to touch people's hearts and minds with your words and leaving an everlasting impression.


If you would like any help on structuring a speech or giving a presentation with confidence I would be happy to help, as I have helped other students in the past with public speaking.

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Hi Everyone, I began teaching ESL 14 years ago. During this time I have developed a method of teaching called the 4 C's: CLEAR CONCISE COMMUNICATION & CONTEXT with FAST results. My accent is also neutral so you will be able to understand me clearly which you can hear in my teacher introduction video. Below is what I teach.... * Reading & Pronunciation * Conversation Practice * IELTS Preparation * OET Preparation (For Doctors/Nurses) * Writing Skills (I'm a paid and published writer) * Listening skills * Business English ( My degree is in Business & Marketing) * Presentation skills * Interview Skills (I have worked as an IT Recruitment Consultant and interviewed HUNDREDS of people so I can tell you what interviewers are looking for and how to answer questions) What happens during a trial class? First of all, I like to have an informal chat with each student and get to know you and as we do this patterns emerge. In the second part of the trial class, we have a deeper chat and I tailor a plan for your personal requirements. After a few lessons, I see dramatic improvements as I use tried and tested techniques which have worked with 1000's of students. Why choose me as a teacher? In one word EXPERIENCE. I have been a Teacher/Trainer/Mentor in many capacities. I have lived in 8 countries including Spain, S Korea and China and travelled around many more so I can have some interesting conversations on a variety of topics. I am also a published writer and was writing 2 articles a week for a newspaper in London. I have had written work published in 3 other books and currently write a daily blog which you can check out in the link below https://www.aidandoyle.org/blog I can also teach you other skills such as how to be a Critical Thinker and Effective Communicator. During corrections, I will not only tell you the answer to questions but explain why the other choices cannot be the answer. My past/current students really enjoy this and say I explain things very clearly. It is also important to me that you feel you are progressing after every lesson. I am not just a standard ESL teacher, I have a strong Business background in Sales, Marketing and Event Management and taught Business Management. I was also an IT Recruitment Consultant for 4 years so if you need help with Interview skills, I have personally interviewed HUNDREDS of people and can show you what employers want. What can you expect from our classes? After the trial lesson, we will start focusing on your English requirements straight away. I have lots of materials to help you. You will notice gradual improvement after every class and I make sure that you fully understand everything before moving on to the next lesson topic. Also, feel free to ask any questions for clarity and don't be afraid of making mistakes as that is how you learn. I look forward to working with you and helping you master the English language and to communicate with confidence
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Hi Everyone, I began teaching ESL 14 years ago. During this time I have developed a method of teaching called the 4 C's: CLEAR CONCISE COMMUNICATION & CONTEXT with FAST results. My accent is also neutral so you will be able to understand me clearly which you can hear in my teacher introduction video. Below is what I teach.... * Reading & Pronunciation * Conversation Practice * IELTS Preparation * OET Preparation (For Doctors/Nurses) * Writing Skills (I'm a paid and published writer) * Listening skills * Business English ( My degree is in Business & Marketing) * Presentation skills * Interview Skills (I have worked as an IT Recruitment Consultant and interviewed HUNDREDS of people so I can tell you what interviewers are looking for and how to answer questions) What happens during a trial class? First of all, I like to have an informal chat with each student and get to know you and as we do this patterns emerge. In the second part of the trial class, we have a deeper chat and I tailor a plan for your personal requirements. After a few lessons, I see dramatic improvements as I use tried and tested techniques which have worked with 1000's of students. Why choose me as a teacher? In one word EXPERIENCE. I have been a Teacher/Trainer/Mentor in many capacities. I have lived in 8 countries including Spain, S Korea and China and travelled around many more so I can have some interesting conversations on a variety of topics. I am also a published writer and was writing 2 articles a week for a newspaper in London. I have had written work published in 3 other books and currently write a daily blog which you can check out in the link below https://www.aidandoyle.org/blog I can also teach you other skills such as how to be a Critical Thinker and Effective Communicator. During corrections, I will not only tell you the answer to questions but explain why the other choices cannot be the answer. My past/current students really enjoy this and say I explain things very clearly. It is also important to me that you feel you are progressing after every lesson. I am not just a standard ESL teacher, I have a strong Business background in Sales, Marketing and Event Management and taught Business Management. I was also an IT Recruitment Consultant for 4 years so if you need help with Interview skills, I have personally interviewed HUNDREDS of people and can show you what employers want. What can you expect from our classes? After the trial lesson, we will start focusing on your English requirements straight away. I have lots of materials to help you. You will notice gradual improvement after every class and I make sure that you fully understand everything before moving on to the next lesson topic. Also, feel free to ask any questions for clarity and don't be afraid of making mistakes as that is how you learn. I look forward to working with you and helping you master the English language and to communicate with confidence
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