Did you know?
The longest speech ever recorded in the UK Parliament was delivered in the House of Commons in 1828 and lasted for six hours!
Introduction to how to write a speech
Speeches are a powerful way of expressing your ideas to others.
When writing a speech, you need to think carefully about how you structure it to make sure it is easy for listeners to follow.
In order for it to be engaging, you need to consider the language you use, ensuring that you target your audience and their interests. In fact, there are a range of language techniques that can help to make your speech even more powerful.
What is a speech?
A speech is a formal talk given to an audience. It has an aim and purpose – often to either inform and/or persuade, although it’s important to remember that some have other intentions too, eg to entertain.
Speeches are used in many different contexts. A bride or groom may give a speech at their wedding. A politician or activist may give a speech to inform others of the need for change, and persuade them of the right way to bring it about. A manager may need to give a speech to their employees or bosses. A speech may even be given when you leave school to reflect upon your time in education and inspire others to look to the future.
Speeches are not necessarily something we do every day, but speech writing is a useful skill to have.
a) To inform and/or persuade
b) To entertain and/or amuse
c) To advise and/or describe