Spelling out the big ideas of a good Speech


Sahana Talwar

We’ve all watched that movie where the hero gives a motivational speech that moves everyone to tears. Now your teacher wants you to write something just as good as that. If you’re searching for how to do that, you’ve come to the right place.

This article is focused on persuasive speeches but can also be used for informative speeches as well.

We’re going to follow the speech structure we learned when we were younger, and start with an introduction. You can start with a question or a short anecdote relating to the topic. My favorite option however, is to start with a quote. A quote I’ve used more than once is “The true soldier fights not because he hates what’s in front of him, but because he loves what’s behind him” – G. K. Chestron.Then state what it is you’re talking about such as “and now I will tell you why chocolate is the best ice-cream”.

Next, state your first reason. For persuasive speeches it’s why you should or shouldn’t and for informative, it’s your first bit of information. A speech should have 3 – 5 reasons.

After stating your reason, follow it up with an example or short anecdote. Make sure to clearly state how the reason relates to your topic.

Now do the same thing with your other reasons, giving each reason its own paragraph.

Lastly, a conclusion. Cue the audience into it by using transition words like “In conclusion”, or “in short”. Restate your reasons then end it off with a “that’s why”, or better yet, telling the audience to go out there and do whatever it is your speech was about.

This is the way I write my speeches whether they’re for class or something that I’m really passionate about. I’ve been told by many people that my speeches are good so this format is a good one. So go out there and use your voice!