You have been writing and giving speeches for several years now. You really enjoy it, and you want to continue to grow as a writer. Many already tell you how much they enjoy listening to your speeches. But now you are ready to expand your horizons and take your career to the next level. What is your next step?
Perhaps the next step is writing a speech for someone else. Granted, this may not have been the first thing that came to your mind, but it really works. This will not only improve your writing skills but also greatly improve your public speaking skills. Writing a speech for someone else will be a challenging endeavor. However, if you are looking for a new challenge, this could be the way to go to keep things exciting!
Naturally, if this is the course you are deciding to take you may have some questions such as “How do I learn the art of writing a speech for someone else?” “What makes writing a speech for someone else so challenging?” “What is involved when writing a speech for someone else?” and “How will doing so benefit me?” To find the answers to these important questions continue reading.
The Art Of Writing A Speech For Someone Else
When it comes to art, an artist spends a lot of time thinking about and really studying the item or person he is considering drawing. Sometimes they spend countless hours observing and examining every detail of their subject, no matter how small it may be.
They do so, so that their final piece of art will reflect their subject perfectly. They know that most people will just casually view it. However, they also are aware that there will be those who will actually slow down to really digest the pieces and really appreciate all those small, yet intricate details that makes the piece unique.
The same is true with the art of writing a speech for someone else. You must spend a lot of time thinking about them and studying them. You must learn their thought process, their mannerisms, and their expressions. You must also take into consideration their background, life’s experiences, their likes, and dislikes, all the things that make them who they are.
When you take the time to do so, you can tailor the speech perfectly according to their needs. Your time and effort will not be in vain. The speech will be successful, and the speaker will be able to deliver it in such a natural way that even they may have a hard time believing that they didn’t write it themselves!
It will also benefit those in the audience who are familiar with and enjoy that speaker’s speech style. By incorporating those small, yet intricate details, those in the audience will surely be satisfied by what they hear and impressed by your attention to detail and skill.
How Do I Learn The Art Of Writing A Speech For Someone Else?
Simply put, by doing research. Doing research comes in many different forms. In this instance, you must also learn the way the speaker speaks and writes. Read something that they have written in the past. You can choose from emails, blog posts, etc.
Listening to speeches that the speaker has delivered in the past will also be beneficial. This will give you some insight as to the way they speak while delivering a speech. You will also become more aware of particular words they like to use while speaking. You can incorporate these words within the speech to make it more natural.
Most likely, most of the time that you are writing a speech for someone, you will not be as familiar with the topic as they are. That is ok. However, it is vital that you develop effective research techniques so that you can make the best use of your time while gathering the information that you need. Once you sort through all of the information, it will be time to find those “speech worthy components.”
You will then have to:
- Transform the facts and statistics that you have gathered into captivating speech content
- Use Google to acquire additional information
- Use social media to reach out to those who are knowledgeable about the topic that you are writing the speech on. This will also help you to receive real-life reactions from those who are familiar with and have experience on the subject
What Should My Overall Goal Be?
Your overall goal should be to tell a story. People love stories that take them on a journey. The whole process will take the audience from one point to another destination, which may include ending the journey in a way that may surprise them.
In order to do this, you must first discuss with the speaker where they want the audience to go. Does he want them to be moved to action immediately? Does he want to teach them something? Does he want to stir their emotions and raise awareness over a critical situation? After the speech is over, what does he want for or from the audience?
To have certain success with this, you must know the attitudes and beliefs that those in the audience hold. It is imperative to also know the goal of the audience. Do they want to be inspired? Do they want to be entertained? Or do they want to be educated? The answers to these questions will set the tone for your speech. This will be the case, regardless of the topic of the speech that you are writing.
Once you have this information you can start writing and tailoring the speech accordingly. By doing so, you will be able to help the speaker see and clearly understand the reason why this speech, in particular, is so important.
All these factors will help the audience follow the journey of the speech so that they end up exactly where the speaker wants them to be in the end.
What Is The Best Way To Organize A Speech For Someone Else?
The best way to organize a speech for someone else is to be very detail-oriented. It is also vital to remember that organization is key! If the speech that you write is unorganized and not easy to follow, it will be very challenging for the speaker to deliver the speech successfully. As a result, the audience can have great difficulty following the speaker and miss the whole purpose of the speech.
Thankfully, there are some techniques that you can use that will help you organize the speech quickly and in the most efficient way. A highly successful technique is “the rule of three” technique. Structuring your information into three parts is listed among Forbes “12 Tips For Public Speaking.” The rule of three technique states that any thoughts, ideas, events, characters, or sentences that are presented in threes are more effective and memorable for those listening.
For instance, a memorable example of this rule of three technique is from Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He said when translated “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Many still quote these words today. Using the rule of three technique will greatly enhance your speech and make it more palatable for the audience.
You can use the rule of three technique in your speech by:
- Dividing your speech into three parts: the beginning, middle, and end. You can use a gripping introduction and then lead into the body content, and summary
- Sectioning the body content into the three most important points or core ideas that you really want the audience to focus on
- Using three powerful words consecutively to emphasize your main idea. This will help you to develop a rhythm for the speech
- Repeating small easy to follow sentences, phrases, or words which convey your main message. This will make the speech more impactful while at the same time making it easy for the speaker to deliver
- Making the final part of the speech the longest so that the audience can easily recognize that it is the most important part
Important Points To Keep In Mind:
- Writing a speech for someone else is very different from writing a speech for yourself and it may take some time before you feel comfortable doing so
- You must have an eye for detail. Even the smallest detail can have the biggest impact
- Do not make the length of the sentences to long. Keeping the sentences brief makes it easier for the speaker to deliver and makes it easier for the audience to follow
- You need to have good time management skills. When writing a speech for yourself you generally have a little more time. However, when writing for others you need to get the speech to them as quickly as possible so that they can have enough time to read it and make the necessary edits. You can craft the speech in a way that makes the speaker feel more comfortable. Once you’ve made the changes, you can send it back to them to so that they can practice
- You want your first draft to be as close to perfect as possible, just in case you are in a time crunch and the speaker must deliver the speech earlier than expected
- You must remember that you will not be delivering the speech, so you want to keep your personal thoughts, feelings, and opinions at bay. You goal is to make it sound as natural as possible for the speaker delivering it
- The speaker will be able to deliver the speech with more confidence if you use words and language that they are comfortable with rather than pushing words that they have never used before.
Writing speeches for others will greatly improve your own public speaking ability. You have the opportunity to see how others think and express themselves. You can intertwine what you have learned from them with your skills, and it can really enhance your speeches and take them to the next level!
Remember each person, including your speaker has a distinct voice. Extraordinary speech writers will mimic the individual voice of the speaker and intensify it so that the audience benefits. While it is not easy, it will be very beneficial. Anything worthwhile requires effort! Who knows, you might be thoroughly pleased if you accept this new challenge!
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