A speech is a formal address or discourse delivered to an audience. Although speeches take many forms – e.g. a valedictory address given at a commencement ceremony, a toast to a recently married couple at a wedding, or a mission statement delivered to employees by the company’s CEO – every speech consists of three main parts, the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Each of these parts is vitally important to the success of your message.
The success of the speech, like that of any form of communication, can be measured by how effectively the speaker’s message is communicated to the audience. Though you can never completely safeguard against miscommunication, by following the writing guidelines in this section, you can ensure that your speech is coherent and unified, providing your audience with a singular, convincing message.
Read our top tips for writing a successful speech to get straightforward and essential advice, and explore the links below for more in-depth guidance on:
Writing the conclusion to a speech
The end of your speech should be conclusive and memorable: here are the tips you need on how to craft a conclusion for different types of speech.
Writing the introduction to a speech
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