The written word.
I've been posting the Vocal Exercise of the Week videos over the last couple of months, but I've been neglecting the other side of what public speaking is all about: the words themselves.
Writing a speech is similar to any other piece of writing in the sense that we all have certain expectations about the form, or shape, that a piece should take. When you're giving a speech - whether it's about quantum physics or the love of your life - you are, in essence, telling a story. Following this basic pattern is a good way to plot the key moments of your speech or presentation, and from there you can get creative with the detail that sets your story apart as unique.
What are your key plot points? Where does your story reach its climax? How do you want it to end? Using this basic structure is a great way of getting your thoughts in order before you begin writing your speech. The beginning is often the most difficult, as you're usually trying to extract the important content from a mass of jumbled thoughts and ideas. Keep it simple! After that you can embellish to your heart's content.
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RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.