Monday, 10 August 2015

Speech Topics

Subjects for the speeches are as follows

  • A Place in History
  • Aotearoa - is it the land of Plenty
  • Are Schools Necessary?
  • Sport
  • Are Zoos good for Animals?


Purpose – How will you help your audience by giving your speech?

To ENTERTAIN them: - use funny stories, good mannered jokes and humour.
To INSPIRE or PERSUADE them: - use personal stories and loads of enthusiasm.
To NARRATE for them: - be very expressive and create interest.
To EDUCATE them: - use facts, figures and give example.  Show credibility and limit jargon.
Audience – How many? What ages, education, cultures and interests.
Venue – Where are you going to speak? Can you use props or displays? Do you need equipment?
Timing – How long? 3 to 5 minutes

Material – Chose a TOPIC that interests you e.g. Boy bands
-       The FOCUS is what you specifically want to talk about e.g. Talent Shows - X factor, New Zealands Got Talent, One Direction
-       Brainstorm your topic/focus.  Add stories, quotes or some humour.
Language – A speech is spoken so use short words and short sentences.
              Use lots of active and descriptive words. E.g. Run, Jump e.g. Instead of “The Cat” use “The fat lazy purring tabby” or The sleek aggressive snarling Tom cat”

Opening Grab Audience Attention   (A noise, movement, question, statement,
                                                              quote or funny story)
                Greet the audience         (Formal or informal)
                Timing, Topic and Focus (Explain your Topic, focus and how long
                                                          you will talk for)
                3 to 5 point preview        (Say what you are going to cover in one
                                                              sentence only)
                Why you are the expert (Why they should listen to you)
                 How they will benefit     (Why they should listen)
Body       3 to 5 main point
1.     W.W.W.W.W.H   - Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
                      e.g. A description. An explanation of the rules
                             or a process or an item.
                2. P.P. F.              – Past, Present, Future.
                                                   e.g. A famous instance, example or personal
                   3. P.R.E.P.              – Make Point, give Reason and Example, repeat
                                                   e.g. A point of view, An opinion. A debate
Conclusion   3 or 5 point summary   (Say what you have said in one sentence)
                 Action Call                (What you want the audience to do because
                                                        they listened to you)
                    Conclusion                    (What you think) Finish with an exciting
                                                        statement or question
PRESENTING – Act like a Super Speaker
Hands by your sides, shoulders back, chin up, smile, eyes looking at the audience.
Appearance – Is your appearance suitable to your speech and audience?  Relax, stand comfortably and confidently.
Visuals – Are you going to use notes, props, PowerPoint or white board?
Body Language – Does it add to your speech? Say and SHOW what you mean – Length, Age, Shape, Distance, Direction, Activity, Size and Feelings.
Voice – Vary the rate, volume, pitch, tone, speak clearly.  Add emotions and sound effects.
Write your speech out in full - Read your speech out loud 10 times. (Tape or record yourself on an ipad)
Write out your Palm/Cue cards using bullet points – Practice in front of the mirror 5 times (Video yourself)
Practice in front of small audiences   a) with notes or cue cards.   b) without notes or cue cards.
Practice using high, low, soft, loud, fast and slow voice.  Practice while walking fast. (Get your heart pounding)
Above all – create an interesting speech you want to deliver and concentrate on delivering it well.

It's speech time - have some fun practising these tongue twisters in the mirror.  Remember to use facial and voice expression.  Read the following article on dogonews 

Remember when making a speech the key is to keep you audience interested and AWAKE! 
Even President Obama has to work on that!

Kid President Makes it Awesome!

Take some time to watch these speeches.  For each speech make some notes on the structure of the speech and the techniques used.  Did the speaker use repetition?, did they ask questions?, what points did they make?, how did they make them?, did they have a conclusion?, did they use gestures?, did they use facial or voice expressions? Now think about your speech how can you make it just as effective?

Visit this link to see an animated version of how to make your speech better.

Joshua Iosefa's Inspiring Speech - Brown Brother

The Girl Who Silenced the World / 20th Anniversary

Visit this link for ideas on how to use your voice to keep your listeners interested.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck guys! Speeches are awesome! Have fun!