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We all imagine standing before an audience and finally being heard. If you want your words to have relevance and resonance, take the time to craft a proper message people will remember.

Step 1: Master subject
Research and master your subject, whether for class, a student council speech, a wedding toast, a personal statement, or a business lecture. Make sure you cover the topic well.

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Because speeches are always situational and sometimes personal, there is no absolutely correct way to write one, but there are plenty of ways to write badly.

Step 2: Consider audience
Consider your intended audience and adjust your story and vocabulary accordingly. Find the simplest vivid language to make a point.

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Include everyone in your message, so all feel engaged.

Step 3: Create outline
Outline information according to how you build your argument or present a clear chronology or sequence. Introduce yourself with a brief pertinent biographical profile and define your subject and purpose.

Step 4: Write draft
Write the speech without stopping, second-guessing, or editing to get your thoughts out on paper. Don't worry about the length or timing just yet.

Step 5: Use detail
Detail the middle of your speech with steps or progressions that advance your message, using logical transitions. Illustrate each point with factual support and avoid repitition.

Step 6: Limit commentary
Limit editorial commentary and balance your assertions with a complete rendering of the opposing viewpoint. Your job is to give a fair and full accounting and allow your audience to decide.

Step 7: Edit draft
Edit your draft thoroughly and ask a trusted but critical friend to critique a near-final draft. Read your written speech aloud to eliminate useless information or jokes that looked good on paper but flop when spoken.

Step 8: Make a final point
Make sure you end with a point that wraps things up, preferably a declarative and memorable statement that will ring true; audiences need something to chew on.

Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln made changes to the Gettysburg Address the morning of the speech.

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