How to write a Masterful Speech...or should you?

Postby kendell5 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:58 pm

If the driving motivation for writing and crafting a speech is to use it as a crutch, then you are setting yourself for failure. What does this mean you might ask ? Unfortunately, handicapped individuals rely heavily on the use of crutches all the time in order to assist them in their day to day commutes. Without it, they'd be limp, and would struggle to get to where they needed to be. In contrast to this point, speakers shouldn't  use the written script as a speaking alternative in an attempt to mask unpreparedness in front of a live audience.  Writing out a speech word-for-word is pointless. From personal experience, speeches that have been entirely written out can prove to be a colossal detriment to the orator.  Why ?

For the majority of time, your eyes are fixated on the page, not on the faces in the crowd. Unbeknownst to you, you've become personally detached with your listeners. With that being said,  uttering verbatim the exact words can hurt the emotional impact of any talk.  I'm not saying by a lot, but it could potentially disconnect you from the attendees in some capacity. Your speech comes off as rote and mechanical.

The time you spend focusing  on the words could be time spent becoming personally invested in the source material. Allow your faith in the information to carry you along, and the rest will take care of itself.Therefore, your oration will come off as more natural and connected. -1orator
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Postby GentlemanJ » Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:39 pm

If orators are to present the most effective speech without using filler words and speaking almost like a philosopher, would it not be good to write and memorize a speech in order to use articulation, voice inflection, and body language in order to convey the passion to your audiences? I believe the written speech should not be used during a live presentation but rather using it as like a slab foundation of a house, immovable, but strong so that you may craft the beautiful home above. Just my personal thoughts if you would like to discuss.
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Postby kendell5 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:05 pm

I like your points very much. I especially took note of the 'using it as a slab foundation for a house'. However, this is simply an excerpt from a post that covers another alternative so that a speaker will not be devoid of speaking points. As you made mention in your reply, writing and memorization is a vital part to delivering an effective speech. I find it interesting to note that Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' was completed on the dawn of the previous day before he gave it. Author Drew Hansen wrote a book entitled, 'The Dream'. In it he cited that 'King's speech would not of had the same impact if it weren't for the use of improvisation and a tool King called 'set pieces'. In the finished post, I clarify that writing a speech is important, however , it can be done in a more sufficient way. As King's usage of 'set pieces' was essential for him, so it is for us today. 'Set pieces' were small sentences or scriptural verses that could be easily recalled. According to a USA Today article, 'King rarely spoke from a text, rather preferring to assemble entire speeches and sermons together from these 'sets'. Consider writing a speech from highlights, transitional words & junctures, and frequently pause in order to optimize your chances of winning over an audience. I'd love to divulge into those aforementioned points, but I fear that this simple reply post would be too long. I implore you to visit 1orator, and finish reading the post under the same name for more clarity. Thank you again, and I look forward to talking with you and others some more.
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Postby HowardWow1997 » Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:48 pm

Hello :!:
You found good words for the description. My point of view is certainly not so respected, but I would like to express my opinion, which is a little different from yours. I agree with the idea that people who do not give speeches every day should devote a lot of time to study in order to find the right words for the audience themselves and feel . But it is also necessary to have information of a different category: School Presidents, Leaders, politicians and so on. This category is faced with public speaking every day and very often talk about topics in which they do not understand much, and sometimes they do not understand at all. In this case, a Speech is not possible without a prepared speech on paper. Therefore, you need to be able to correctly work with text on paper. :roll:
I think there are many who disagree with me, so I'm waiting for your reaction in the comments. Thank you all, I'm finished :wink:
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