How to Write a Speech in the Weirdest Way Possible

How do you write a speech?  How to write a speech seems hard.  How to write a speech

Most people go with the traditional:

  1. Tell them what you’re going to tell them.
  2. Tell them.
  3. Tell them what you told them.

Well, that’s pretty boring.

There are a couple of things to do first.

Recognize what a speech is

Essentially, a speech is an act.  It’s a presentation in a specific time, place with specific goals for a particular audience.

It’s not a piece of art like a book or a painting.  Speech is more like dance.  While we may want to see the dance done exactly the same way every time, we can build machines to do that.  No, speech and dance and acting are events of a moment by a human and because it’s by humans, it will have variations and unique parts regardless of how hard the performers may want to present in exactly the same way every time.

Think of a concert by a famous singer.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year watching Paul Simon’s concerts on Youtube.  The man rarely repeats a song exactly year after year.  Part of it must be boredom, but it also is that we can’t always control the atmosphere, the audience, the stage…

When you’re on a stage, often you have to deal with several emotions and situations that never happen during practices.

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A quick quiz about you

Your assignment for the next class (due August 27) is to read How to Write a Speech in the class notes.  This covers some of the technical details about speeches and about your voice.

Please read it and then…

I created a quick quiz for you.

A quick quiz button


Yes, a quiz.

And another quick quiz about the syllabus.

Take the Syllabus Test too!


Please complete this before August 24.  I will collect the answers then and we will discuss them during the class on August 27.

Why do you have to take a quick quiz on the syllabus?

Normally, we would take time to review the syllabus during class so you have time to understand my requirements and what I expect you to do in the class.

Because this is a speech class, I do expect you to speak in class!  (I don’t know of any other class that does that!)

But what’s the deal with the kilts?

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First Day of Speech Class

Hi.  Welcome to speech class.Welcome to Speech Class

Feeling nervous?

Nerves in Speech Class Are Normal

Speech class can be pretty scary.  Even people who like to give speeches might find the first day a bit…  nervewracking.  I think it’s a bit intimidating and I’m the teacher.

Let’s cover a few requirements and ground rules.

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