Are you preparing for a speaking engagement? Are you sure with the ideas you are going to present? Are you running out of words to say?
It is essential for keynote speakers to say the right things whatever event they’re invited to. For whatever points keynote speakers will share will reflect on their personality.
The key ingredients to having a good and effective speech transcript are clarity and integrity. In order to achieve this, here are some factors keynote speakers must consider when writing a speech:
• Be sensitive to your audience-
always consider what your audience will feel, react, or think the moment you say your message. After all, your speech is not for yourself but for them. This is why keynote speakers are highly encouraged to speak in their own language, or make use of English in a conversational way. Business and industry jargons are also discouraged; instead, make use of words that can be easily understood by the target audience.
• Know your speaking style-
identifying what your style should be is very important in writing your speech. Intonation, voice modulation, rhythm and pacing need to be indicated in the speech transcript. This is because most keynote speakers don’t talk the same way when in front of a crowd and when in front of friend.
• Careful selection of subject-
this will serve as the center or theme of your speech. Obviously, your subject matter must have a connection with your audience. Therefore, avoid topics that will cause boredom. Of course, you also shouldn’t talk about things that could cause a riot.
• Purpose of your speech-
what is the goal of your speech? How are you going to deliver your speech? These are just two of the many important questions in writing your speech. Is your speech going to inform, persuade, entertain, or motivate? Always bear in mind the reason behind the creation and the delivery of your speech.
• Outline your points-
after choosing the right topic, you need to organize and outline your speech so that it will be easier to understand. Likewise, it is imperative for you to present examples and real life stories on which the audience can relate to.
• Search for reliable materials-
this is needed to strongly support your points and claims. Copying and pasting from another source is a big no-no in writing your speech, especially since it will not only be considered plagiarism but it will also lose both integrity and essence. In short, it will be more obvious to the audience that you did not read your materials that well.
• Time allotment-
you will be given a limited time in delivering your speech and thus, you need to make the most of every idea within the given time constraint.
• Make your transcript comprehensive-
legibility and readability of your text is also an important factor to consider, especially if you are going to present a very long speech. If you find your transcript (including your notes) incredibly hard to read, it’ll simply lose its value and purpose.
• Proofread your transcript-
revisions and corrections are natural in writing speech transcript drafts. Proofreading is definitely essential in speech writing for it will strengthen the speech’s focus over the subject matter along with its points, making it more comprehensive. The more the transcript is critiqued and checked, the more it becomes useful in making the actual speech a success.
The tips presented here won’t transform you into the perfect speaker overnight. Still, by following these, you will be able to effectively communicate your message to your listeners.
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