10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Few are immune to the fear of public speaking. Marjorie North offers 10 tips for speakers to calm the nerves and deliverable memorable orations.

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Snakes? Fine. Flying? No problem. Public speaking? Yikes! Just thinking about public speaking—routinely described as one of the greatest (and most common) fears—can make your palms sweat. But there are many ways to tackle this anxiety and learn to deliver a memorable speech.

In part one of this series,  Mastering the Basics of Communication , I shared strategies to improve how you communicate. In part two, How to Communicate More Effectively in the Workplace , I examined how to apply these techniques as you interact with colleagues and supervisors in the workplace. For the third and final part of this series, I’m providing you with public speaking tips that will help reduce your anxiety, dispel myths, and improve your performance.

Here Are My 10 Tips for Public Speaking:

1. nervousness is normal. practice and prepare.

All people feel some physiological reactions like pounding hearts and trembling hands. Do not associate these feelings with the sense that you will perform poorly or make a fool of yourself. Some nerves are good. The adrenaline rush that makes you sweat also makes you more alert and ready to give your best performance.

The best way to overcome anxiety is to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. Take the time to go over your notes several times. Once you have become comfortable with the material, practice—a lot. Videotape yourself, or get a friend to critique your performance.

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2. Know Your Audience. Your Speech Is About Them, Not You.

Before you begin to craft your message, consider who the message is intended for. Learn as much about your listeners as you can. This will help you determine your choice of words, level of information, organization pattern, and motivational statement.

3. Organize Your Material in the Most Effective Manner to Attain Your Purpose.

Create the framework for your speech. Write down the topic, general purpose, specific purpose, central idea, and main points. Make sure to grab the audience’s attention in the first 30 seconds.

4. Watch for Feedback and Adapt to It.

Keep the focus on the audience. Gauge their reactions, adjust your message, and stay flexible. Delivering a canned speech will guarantee that you lose the attention of or confuse even the most devoted listeners.

5. Let Your Personality Come Through.

Be yourself, don’t become a talking head—in any type of communication. You will establish better credibility if your personality shines through, and your audience will trust what you have to say if they can see you as a real person.

6. Use Humor, Tell Stories, and Use Effective Language.

Inject a funny anecdote in your presentation, and you will certainly grab your audience’s attention. Audiences generally like a personal touch in a speech. A story can provide that.

7. Don’t Read Unless You Have to. Work from an Outline.

Reading from a script or slide fractures the interpersonal connection. By maintaining eye contact with the audience, you keep the focus on yourself and your message. A brief outline can serve to jog your memory and keep you on task.

8. Use Your Voice and Hands Effectively. Omit Nervous Gestures.

Nonverbal communication carries most of the message. Good delivery does not call attention to itself, but instead conveys the speaker’s ideas clearly and without distraction.

9. Grab Attention at the Beginning, and Close with a Dynamic End.

Do you enjoy hearing a speech start with “Today I’m going to talk to you about X”? Most people don’t. Instead, use a startling statistic, an interesting anecdote, or concise quotation. Conclude your speech with a summary and a strong statement that your audience is sure to remember.

10. Use Audiovisual Aids Wisely.

Too many can break the direct connection to the audience, so use them sparingly. They should enhance or clarify your content, or capture and maintain your audience’s attention.

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Good communication is never perfect, and nobody expects you to be perfect. However, putting in the requisite time to prepare will help you deliver a better speech. You may not be able to shake your nerves entirely, but you can learn to minimize them.

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North is a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, and runs a private practice specializing in public speaking, and executive communication skills. Previously, she was the clinical director in the department of speech and language pathology and audiology at Northeastern University.

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Chances are you’ll be asked to give speeches or presentations in classes at school. If you get involved in volunteer groups, brief speeches to open events or thank participants are a must. Then there are the speeches at events such as weddings, as well as speeches that you might have to give in the workplace. That amounts to the average person being required to give quite a lot of speeches, even if they don’t get involved in an area such as politics where the ability to give a good speech becomes even more important. You might also have suffered through quite a number of bad speeches from other people – whether that’s at family events where the microphone squeaks the whole way through or a school presentation where the headteacher can’t quite make the jokes work. If you don’t want to inflict the same sort of experience on others, here are our top tips for giving a great speech.

1. Practise your microphone technique

Correct spacing is key - you want to be heard but don't want to end up deafening your audience!

2. Keep it short

Be strict with yourself when it comes to timing.

Particularly at something like a party or a wedding, no one will be unhappy if your speech runs a little short; it’ll just give them more time to investigate the canapés. If you are giving a speech for a class in school, and it’ll be assessed, you need to prioritise keeping it within the required time limits. But even under these circumstances, if you’ve been tasked – say – with giving a 10-15 minute speech, it’s usually better to come in nearer the 10 than the 15 minute mark. Put simply, even if your speech is terrible, your audience can probably tolerate it for 10 minutes. Much longer, and they’ll be struggling. This shouldn’t limit what you can cover; in the film Up , the whole of Carl and Ellie’s heartbreaking love story is told in under 12 minutes. Do you really need longer to make your points? Achieve brevity by writing out the speech you would give if you had all the time in the world, and then cut anything that seems extraneous or boring.

3. Consider what your audience wants to hear

If you are giving a speech in class because it’s your assignment, what your audience wants to hear is likely to be “the bell ringing for lunch”; you can’t help them there. But under other circumstances, consider what your audience wants to hear and what you want to say, and strive for there to be as much overlap as possible. In the context of a political speech, for instance, what you want to say might be why your party should receive votes; what your audience wants to hear is what your party would do for them, if they won power. Hopefully it should be possible to write a speech that meets both sets of needs, rather than focusing solely on whatever it is that you want to say and leaving your audience disappointed.

4. Pick a theme and stick to it

Beware: digressions ahead.

Here’s a goal for giving a speech: someone sitting near the back, who’s messing around on their phone for at least two-thirds of it and focusing mainly on how long it will be until lunch, should nonetheless be able to give a reasonably accurate answer to the question, “what was it about?” If you’re supposed to be giving a speech in defence of the nuclear deterrent, for example, both the topic and your position on it should be clearly identifiable. This means – to stick with the nuclear deterrent example – not talking for a while about jobs, and then the wider economy, and then the North-South divide, and then Scottish independence, and then Ukraine with a brief digression into South Ossetia before rounding off by squeaking out “and that’s why we should renew Trident!” seconds before you run out of time – no matter how relevant that cornucopia of topics may feel (and they are all relevant, albeit tenuously). It means that even if you do have to take a while to explain a more complex idea, you need to be concise, and bring it back to your theme as quickly as you can.

5. Speak slowly

Most people speak more quickly than they realise when they’re on stage, especially if they’re nervous. But no one will be able to follow your speech if you’re jabbering it out. Thankfully, this one is easy to fix with a little effort and practise. First of all, figure out how quickly you’re actually speaking: do a word count for your speech and then time yourself saying it. A fast speaker will speak at maybe 160 words per minute, a slow speaker at 100 wpm and an average speaker at 130 wpm. For a formal speech, you want to be speaking on the slow side. While this will vary by culture and environment, 120 wpm is a reasonable target to aim for; slow enough that everyone should be able to understand you, and fast enough that you hopefully won’t be sending them to sleep.

6. Tell a couple of jokes

A touch of humour won't go amiss, even if you're not a natural comedian.

This is a tricky tip because there are lots of pitfalls in the world of telling jokes. For instance, there’s the temptation to include an in-joke that three of your friends will understand and find hilarious, that is utterly baffling to everyone else in the room. Avoid this – if you include any jokes, witty references or anything along those lines, make sure they are accessible to everyone present. All the same, if you can manage a joke or two, it can be a useful way to break up a speech and retain the audience’s interest. A little self-deprecation (not too much!) or the use of classic joke formats such as “the scene was chaotic; it looked as if a bomb had hit and we didn’t know where to start on repairs – but that’s enough about the hen party…” work nicely even if you’re not very confident. Don’t turn it into a stand-up comedy sketch if you’re not a comedian, don’t wait for ages for laughter that’s not showing up, and don’t make jokes at the expense of anyone who you don’t know for sure can take it.

7. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself if you need to

If you follow US or UK politics at all, you’ve probably heard some of these phrases recently: take back control, make America great again, long-term economic plan, son of a bus driver. Three of these have already led the party or people they’re associated with to electoral victory; the fourth remains to be seen. To take the ‘son of a bus driver’ as an example, this refers to Sadiq Khan, now Mayor of London. There can be hardly anyone in London who doesn’t know what their Mayor’s dad did for a living. Meanwhile, many of them probably can’t remember his rival Zac Goldsmith’s name, let alone anything he said during the campaign. The point is that repetition works. In pursuit of point 4, if you want people to remember your key theme, you’re going to have to say it more than once. Don’t assume that everyone will have paid attention to everything you’ve said, unless you’re in a classroom setting where they’ll get told off if they don’t.

8. Only use the visual aids you need

Scratch the notes and speak directly to your audience.

This tip applies to two things: PowerPoints and notes. If you can do without either (and your assignment allows it), then do. Every time you’re glancing over your notes or up at the screen, fiddling with the laptop to get the slide to move on, fighting with a video that isn’t working or struggling to read your own handwriting, is time that you’re not spending engaging with your audience. A well-written, clear speech delivered without notes is always going to be better than someone awkwardly reading aloud the bullet points on their PowerPoint slides. If you must do a presentation – for instance, because there are photos that need to be included – have as little text on it as possible, preferably none. That way, if there are people at the back who can’t really see the screen through the sea of heads in front of them, they’ll still be able to follow what you’re saying.

9. Get a friend to check for awkward mannerisms

Mannerisms that are entirely fine in normal life become awkward and strange when you’re speaking in public. Perhaps you’re inclined to fiddle with your hair or your cuffs, you rock back and forth on the balls of your feet, or you have a habit of reaching your hand to your cheek when you’re talking. No one would notice in everyday conversation, but when you’re on a stage, it’ll become all they’ll see. Some of this is easily avoidable – for instance, if you have long hair that you’re inclined to twirl or otherwise fiddle with, tie it up. For other mannerisms, get the critical friend who helped you sort out your microphone technique to tell you what they are, and do your best to suppress the more annoying ones.

10. Look around the room

Overly intense eye-contact can easily feel intimidating.

Talking about eye contact usually has the effect of making normal eye contact a lot harder, and so does giving a speech. All of a sudden, you’re up on stage, and you have no idea what a normal way to look at a group of people is. Some speakers deal with this by picking a point in the middle distance and speaking to it; others by picking a particular person near to the back and addressing their entire speech at them. This is obviously no fun for that person, who probably spends the whole thing feeling extremely uncomfortable, but it’s not too weird for everyone else. Better still, though, if you can manage it, is to look slowly and steadily around the room, trying to make eye contact with a decent range of people, before returning to the middle distance for a while, rinse and repeat. This needs to be slow and steady, or you give the impression that you’ve just smelled smoke and are casting about for a fire exit before the stampede beings.

11. Don’t be scared of a good reaction

If your speech is genuinely engaging, funny, inspiring or any of the other things you might hope it would be, your audience will react to it. There might be laughter, or applause, or even a bit of cheering depending on the setting. This can be daunting because when you’re practising your speech in front of your bedroom mirror, there’s no way to prepare for it. And it’s where even the best speakers can go wrong, by launching straight into what they were going to say next without waiting for the laughter or applause to stop, or by looking painfully awkward while it’s going on. It’s a pitfall that’s mostly solved by being aware it might happen. If your audience is applauding you or otherwise reacting well, it’s OK to smile, look up, wait for them to stop and then keep going with your speech – it’s as simple as that. You could even throw in a “thank you” before you continue in the knowledge that it’s all going well. Image credits: microphones ; audience ; boy with microphone ; clock ; winding road ; enjoy a joke ; sticky notes ; 

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Whether in a work meeting or at an investor panel, you might give a speech at some point. And no matter how excited you are about the opportunity, the experience can be nerve-wracking . 

But feeling butterflies doesn’t mean you can’t give a great speech. With the proper preparation and a clear outline, apprehensive public speakers and natural wordsmiths alike can write and present a compelling message. Here’s how to write a good speech you’ll be proud to deliver.

What is good speech writing?

Good speech writing is the art of crafting words and ideas into a compelling, coherent, and memorable message that resonates with the audience. Here are some key elements of great speech writing:

  • It begins with clearly understanding the speech's purpose and the audience it seeks to engage. 
  • A well-written speech clearly conveys its central message, ensuring that the audience understands and retains the key points. 
  • It is structured thoughtfully, with a captivating opening, a well-organized body, and a conclusion that reinforces the main message. 
  • Good speech writing embraces the power of engaging content, weaving in stories, examples, and relatable anecdotes to connect with the audience on both intellectual and emotional levels. 

Ultimately, it is the combination of these elements, along with the authenticity and delivery of the speaker , that transforms words on a page into a powerful and impactful spoken narrative.

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What makes a good speech?

A great speech includes several key qualities, but three fundamental elements make a speech truly effective:

Clarity and purpose

Remembering the audience, cohesive structure.

While other important factors make a speech a home run, these three elements are essential for writing an effective speech.

The main elements of a good speech

The main elements of a speech typically include:

  • Introduction: The introduction sets the stage for your speech and grabs the audience's attention. It should include a hook or attention-grabbing opening, introduce the topic, and provide an overview of what will be covered.
  • Opening/captivating statement: This is a strong statement that immediately engages the audience and creates curiosity about the speech topics.
  • Thesis statement/central idea: The thesis statement or central idea is a concise statement that summarizes the main point or argument of your speech. It serves as a roadmap for the audience to understand what your speech is about.
  • Body: The body of the speech is where you elaborate on your main points or arguments. Each point is typically supported by evidence, examples, statistics, or anecdotes. The body should be organized logically and coherently, with smooth transitions between the main points.
  • Supporting evidence: This includes facts, data, research findings, expert opinions, or personal stories that support and strengthen your main points. Well-chosen and credible evidence enhances the persuasive power of your speech.
  • Transitions: Transitions are phrases or statements that connect different parts of your speech, guiding the audience from one idea to the next. Effective transitions signal the shifts in topics or ideas and help maintain a smooth flow throughout the speech.
  • Counterarguments and rebuttals (if applicable): If your speech involves addressing opposing viewpoints or counterarguments, you should acknowledge and address them. Presenting counterarguments makes your speech more persuasive and demonstrates critical thinking.
  • Conclusion: The conclusion is the final part of your speech and should bring your message to a satisfying close. Summarize your main points, restate your thesis statement, and leave the audience with a memorable closing thought or call to action.
  • Closing statement: This is the final statement that leaves a lasting impression and reinforces the main message of your speech. It can be a call to action, a thought-provoking question, a powerful quote, or a memorable anecdote.
  • Delivery and presentation: How you deliver your speech is also an essential element to consider. Pay attention to your tone, body language, eye contact , voice modulation, and timing. Practice and rehearse your speech, and try using the 7-38-55 rule to ensure confident and effective delivery.

While the order and emphasis of these elements may vary depending on the type of speech and audience, these elements provide a framework for organizing and delivering a successful speech.

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How to structure a good speech

You know what message you want to transmit, who you’re delivering it to, and even how you want to say it. But you need to know how to start, develop, and close a speech before writing it. 

Think of a speech like an essay. It should have an introduction, conclusion, and body sections in between. This places ideas in a logical order that the audience can better understand and follow them. Learning how to make a speech with an outline gives your storytelling the scaffolding it needs to get its point across.

Here’s a general speech structure to guide your writing process:

  • Explanation 1
  • Explanation 2
  • Explanation 3

How to write a compelling speech opener

Some research shows that engaged audiences pay attention for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Other estimates are even lower, citing that people stop listening intently in fewer than 10 minutes . If you make a good first impression at the beginning of your speech, you have a better chance of interesting your audience through the middle when attention spans fade. 

Implementing the INTRO model can help grab and keep your audience’s attention as soon as you start speaking. This acronym stands for interest, need, timing, roadmap, and objectives, and it represents the key points you should hit in an opening. 

Here’s what to include for each of these points: 

  • Interest : Introduce yourself or your topic concisely and speak with confidence . Write a compelling opening statement using relevant data or an anecdote that the audience can relate to.
  • Needs : The audience is listening to you because they have something to learn. If you’re pitching a new app idea to a panel of investors, those potential partners want to discover more about your product and what they can earn from it. Read the room and gently remind them of the purpose of your speech. 
  • Timing : When appropriate, let your audience know how long you’ll speak. This lets listeners set expectations and keep tabs on their own attention span. If a weary audience member knows you’ll talk for 40 minutes, they can better manage their energy as that time goes on. 
  • Routemap : Give a brief overview of the three main points you’ll cover in your speech. If an audience member’s attention starts to drop off and they miss a few sentences, they can more easily get their bearings if they know the general outline of the presentation.
  • Objectives : Tell the audience what you hope to achieve, encouraging them to listen to the end for the payout. 

Writing the middle of a speech

The body of your speech is the most information-dense section. Facts, visual aids, PowerPoints — all this information meets an audience with a waning attention span. Sticking to the speech structure gives your message focus and keeps you from going off track, making everything you say as useful as possible.

Limit the middle of your speech to three points, and support them with no more than three explanations. Following this model organizes your thoughts and prevents you from offering more information than the audience can retain. 

Using this section of the speech to make your presentation interactive can add interest and engage your audience. Try including a video or demonstration to break the monotony. A quick poll or survey also keeps the audience on their toes. 

Wrapping the speech up

To you, restating your points at the end can feel repetitive and dull. You’ve practiced countless times and heard it all before. But repetition aids memory and learning , helping your audience retain what you’ve told them. Use your speech’s conclusion to summarize the main points with a few short sentences.

Try to end on a memorable note, like posing a motivational quote or a thoughtful question the audience can contemplate once they leave. In proposal or pitch-style speeches, consider landing on a call to action (CTA) that invites your audience to take the next step.

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How to write a good speech

If public speaking gives you the jitters, you’re not alone. Roughly 80% of the population feels nervous before giving a speech, and another 10% percent experiences intense anxiety and sometimes even panic. 

The fear of failure can cause procrastination and can cause you to put off your speechwriting process until the last minute. Finding the right words takes time and preparation, and if you’re already feeling nervous, starting from a blank page might seem even harder.

But putting in the effort despite your stress is worth it. Presenting a speech you worked hard on fosters authenticity and connects you to the subject matter, which can help your audience understand your points better. Human connection is all about honesty and vulnerability, and if you want to connect to the people you’re speaking to, they should see that in you.

1. Identify your objectives and target audience

Before diving into the writing process, find healthy coping strategies to help you stop worrying . Then you can define your speech’s purpose, think about your target audience, and start identifying your objectives. Here are some questions to ask yourself and ground your thinking : 

  • What purpose do I want my speech to achieve? 
  • What would it mean to me if I achieved the speech’s purpose?
  • What audience am I writing for? 
  • What do I know about my audience? 
  • What values do I want to transmit? 
  • If the audience remembers one take-home message, what should it be? 
  • What do I want my audience to feel, think, or do after I finish speaking? 
  • What parts of my message could be confusing and require further explanation?

2. Know your audience

Understanding your audience is crucial for tailoring your speech effectively. Consider the demographics of your audience, their interests, and their expectations. For instance, if you're addressing a group of healthcare professionals, you'll want to use medical terminology and data that resonate with them. Conversely, if your audience is a group of young students, you'd adjust your content to be more relatable to their experiences and interests. 

3. Choose a clear message

Your message should be the central idea that you want your audience to take away from your speech. Let's say you're giving a speech on climate change. Your clear message might be something like, "Individual actions can make a significant impact on mitigating climate change." Throughout your speech, all your points and examples should support this central message, reinforcing it for your audience.

4. Structure your speech

Organizing your speech properly keeps your audience engaged and helps them follow your ideas. The introduction should grab your audience's attention and introduce the topic. For example, if you're discussing space exploration, you could start with a fascinating fact about a recent space mission. In the body, you'd present your main points logically, such as the history of space exploration, its scientific significance, and future prospects. Finally, in the conclusion, you'd summarize your key points and reiterate the importance of space exploration in advancing human knowledge.

5. Use engaging content for clarity

Engaging content includes stories, anecdotes, statistics, and examples that illustrate your main points. For instance, if you're giving a speech about the importance of reading, you might share a personal story about how a particular book changed your perspective. You could also include statistics on the benefits of reading, such as improved cognitive abilities and empathy.

6. Maintain clarity and simplicity

It's essential to communicate your ideas clearly. Avoid using overly technical jargon or complex language that might confuse your audience. For example, if you're discussing a medical breakthrough with a non-medical audience, explain complex terms in simple, understandable language.

7. Practice and rehearse

Practice is key to delivering a great speech. Rehearse multiple times to refine your delivery, timing, and tone. Consider using a mirror or recording yourself to observe your body language and gestures. For instance, if you're giving a motivational speech, practice your gestures and expressions to convey enthusiasm and confidence.

8. Consider nonverbal communication

Your body language, tone of voice, and gestures should align with your message . If you're delivering a speech on leadership, maintain strong eye contact to convey authority and connection with your audience. A steady pace and varied tone can also enhance your speech's impact.

9. Engage your audience

Engaging your audience keeps them interested and attentive. Encourage interaction by asking thought-provoking questions or sharing relatable anecdotes. If you're giving a speech on teamwork, ask the audience to recall a time when teamwork led to a successful outcome, fostering engagement and connection.

10. Prepare for Q&A

Anticipate potential questions or objections your audience might have and prepare concise, well-informed responses. If you're delivering a speech on a controversial topic, such as healthcare reform, be ready to address common concerns, like the impact on healthcare costs or access to services, during the Q&A session.

By following these steps and incorporating examples that align with your specific speech topic and purpose, you can craft and deliver a compelling and impactful speech that resonates with your audience.

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Tools for writing a great speech

There are several helpful tools available for speechwriting, both technological and communication-related. Here are a few examples:

  • Word processing software: Tools like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or other word processors provide a user-friendly environment for writing and editing speeches. They offer features like spell-checking, grammar correction, formatting options, and easy revision tracking.
  • Presentation software: Software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides is useful when creating visual aids to accompany your speech. These tools allow you to create engaging slideshows with text, images, charts, and videos to enhance your presentation.
  • Speechwriting Templates: Online platforms or software offer pre-designed templates specifically for speechwriting. These templates provide guidance on structuring your speech and may include prompts for different sections like introductions, main points, and conclusions.
  • Rhetorical devices and figures of speech: Rhetorical tools such as metaphors, similes, alliteration, and parallelism can add impact and persuasion to your speech. Resources like books, websites, or academic papers detailing various rhetorical devices can help you incorporate them effectively.
  • Speechwriting apps: Mobile apps designed specifically for speechwriting can be helpful in organizing your thoughts, creating outlines, and composing a speech. These apps often provide features like voice recording, note-taking, and virtual prompts to keep you on track.
  • Grammar and style checkers: Online tools or plugins like Grammarly or Hemingway Editor help improve the clarity and readability of your speech by checking for grammar, spelling, and style errors. They provide suggestions for sentence structure, word choice, and overall tone.
  • Thesaurus and dictionary: Online or offline resources such as thesauruses and dictionaries help expand your vocabulary and find alternative words or phrases to express your ideas more effectively. They can also clarify meanings or provide context for unfamiliar terms.
  • Online speechwriting communities: Joining online forums or communities focused on speechwriting can be beneficial for getting feedback, sharing ideas, and learning from experienced speechwriters. It's an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and improve your public speaking skills through collaboration.

Remember, while these tools can assist in the speechwriting process, it's essential to use them thoughtfully and adapt them to your specific needs and style. The most important aspect of speechwriting remains the creativity, authenticity, and connection with your audience that you bring to your speech.

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5 tips for writing a speech

Behind every great speech is an excellent idea and a speaker who refined it. But a successful speech is about more than the initial words on the page, and there are a few more things you can do to help it land.

Here are five more tips for writing and practicing your speech:

1. Structure first, write second

If you start the writing process before organizing your thoughts, you may have to re-order, cut, and scrap the sentences you worked hard on. Save yourself some time by using a speech structure, like the one above, to order your talking points first. This can also help you identify unclear points or moments that disrupt your flow.

2. Do your homework

Data strengthens your argument with a scientific edge. Research your topic with an eye for attention-grabbing statistics, or look for findings you can use to support each point. If you’re pitching a product or service, pull information from company metrics that demonstrate past or potential successes. 

Audience members will likely have questions, so learn all talking points inside and out. If you tell investors that your product will provide 12% returns, for example, come prepared with projections that support that statement.

3. Sound like yourself

Memorable speakers have distinct voices. Think of Martin Luther King Jr’s urgent, inspiring timbre or Oprah’s empathetic, personal tone . Establish your voice — one that aligns with your personality and values — and stick with it. If you’re a motivational speaker, keep your tone upbeat to inspire your audience . If you’re the CEO of a startup, try sounding assured but approachable. 

4. Practice

As you practice a speech, you become more confident , gain a better handle on the material, and learn the outline so well that unexpected questions are less likely to trip you up. Practice in front of a colleague or friend for honest feedback about what you could change, and speak in front of the mirror to tweak your nonverbal communication and body language .

5. Remember to breathe

When you’re stressed, you breathe more rapidly . It can be challenging to talk normally when you can’t regulate your breath. Before your presentation, try some mindful breathing exercises so that when the day comes, you already have strategies that will calm you down and remain present . This can also help you control your voice and avoid speaking too quickly.

How to ghostwrite a great speech for someone else

Ghostwriting a speech requires a unique set of skills, as you're essentially writing a piece that will be delivered by someone else. Here are some tips on how to effectively ghostwrite a speech:

  • Understand the speaker's voice and style : Begin by thoroughly understanding the speaker's personality, speaking style, and preferences. This includes their tone, humor, and any personal anecdotes they may want to include.
  • Interview the speaker : Have a detailed conversation with the speaker to gather information about their speech's purpose, target audience, key messages, and any specific points they want to emphasize. Ask for personal stories or examples they may want to include.
  • Research thoroughly : Research the topic to ensure you have a strong foundation of knowledge. This helps you craft a well-informed and credible speech.
  • Create an outline : Develop a clear outline that includes the introduction, main points, supporting evidence, and a conclusion. Share this outline with the speaker for their input and approval.
  • Write in the speaker's voice : While crafting the speech, maintain the speaker's voice and style. Use language and phrasing that feel natural to them. If they have a particular way of expressing ideas, incorporate that into the speech.
  • Craft a captivating opening : Begin the speech with a compelling opening that grabs the audience's attention. This could be a relevant quote, an interesting fact, a personal anecdote, or a thought-provoking question.
  • Organize content logically : Ensure the speech flows logically, with each point building on the previous one. Use transitions to guide the audience from one idea to the next smoothly.
  • Incorporate engaging stories and examples : Include anecdotes, stories, and real-life examples that illustrate key points and make the speech relatable and memorable.
  • Edit and revise : Edit the speech carefully for clarity, grammar, and coherence. Ensure the speech is the right length and aligns with the speaker's time constraints.
  • Seek feedback : Share drafts of the speech with the speaker for their feedback and revisions. They may have specific changes or additions they'd like to make.
  • Practice delivery : If possible, work with the speaker on their delivery. Practice the speech together, allowing the speaker to become familiar with the content and your writing style.
  • Maintain confidentiality : As a ghostwriter, it's essential to respect the confidentiality and anonymity of the work. Do not disclose that you wrote the speech unless you have the speaker's permission to do so.
  • Be flexible : Be open to making changes and revisions as per the speaker's preferences. Your goal is to make them look good and effectively convey their message.
  • Meet deadlines : Stick to agreed-upon deadlines for drafts and revisions. Punctuality and reliability are essential in ghostwriting.
  • Provide support : Support the speaker during their preparation and rehearsal process. This can include helping with cue cards, speech notes, or any other materials they need.

Remember that successful ghostwriting is about capturing the essence of the speaker while delivering a well-structured and engaging speech. Collaboration, communication, and adaptability are key to achieving this.

Give your best speech yet

Learn how to make a speech that’ll hold an audience’s attention by structuring your thoughts and practicing frequently. Put the effort into writing and preparing your content, and aim to improve your breathing, eye contact , and body language as you practice. The more you work on your speech, the more confident you’ll become.

The energy you invest in writing an effective speech will help your audience remember and connect to every concept. Remember: some life-changing philosophies have come from good speeches, so give your words a chance to resonate with others. You might even change their thinking.

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How to Start a Speech — 12 Foolproof Ways to Grab Your Audience!

Want to move audiences? Develop a powerful opening! Here is how to start a speech, including 12 foolproof ways to grab audiences in public speaking.

Let's talk about how to start a speech. When it comes to persuading, inspiring, or influencing an audience, your opening is by far the most important moment in your performance.

So how do you begin a presentation in ways that  will get an audience on your side and start you on the road to speaking memorably?

Let's imagine that you're finally pitching to that audience of decision makers. It's the high-stakes opportunity you've been waiting for, and you've put together a killer presentation. There's just one problem: how do you start the thing off with a bang? Remember, anyone can give an ordinary presentation. It's your job to stand out from the crowd for career success!

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Your Opening Sets the Tone of Your Presentation

You probably already know you need to begin with power and purpose. You're just not sure  how  . . . or for that matter, exactly why.

The answer is that, when it comes to influencing listeners in speeches and presentations, two concepts explain why your beginning and ending need to be particularly strong. I'll discuss both concepts here, then provide some powerful tools for your opening gambit: your speech Introduction .

Ready to set your audience on fire?

This article is available as a free PDF .  Click here to download "How to Start a Speech - 12 Foolproof Ways to Grab Your Audience!" Learn and practice starting out powerfully!

Why your public speaking introduction and conclusion need to be strong.

Your Introduction and Conclusion Need to Be Strong

The two concepts concerning why you need to start and end strongly, are  primacy  and  recency . Primacy states that people remember most vividly what they hear at the beginning of a speech. Recency  says those same people will strongly recall what you say at the end. In terms of public speaking, this translates into your introduction and conclusion. And you really do need to start early.   Here's  how to create an opening your audience will remember .

In more practical terms, there are three specific reasons why your introduction needs to be engaging and interesting immediately :

(1) Audiences make judgments about you and your message in the first minute. After that point, you'll be able to change those opinions about as easily as you can change a hamster into a ham sandwich. So here's  how to be strong in the first 60 seconds of your speech .

(2) Your opening sets the entire tone of your presentation (including whether you'll be interesting or not).

(3) This is when you introduce your message and tell the audience why they should listen.

Sound like a tall order? It isn't, if you use the seven key components of successful presentations . Your audience needs to be both fully engaged and predisposed favorably toward you and your message. Neither will happen unless you can  grab   their  attention,  so they're onboard when you spin your verbal magic. Keep reading to learn how that's done. 

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Achieving the objective of a 'grabbing' opening takes thought, a bit of imagination, and yes, a little creativity. The good news is that since you know your topic well and you're psyched up for the big game (it's an audience of decision-makers, remember?), you should be well positioned to succeed.

Primacy won't have much of a chance to operate, though, if you use what I call the 'Today, I'm going to talk about . . .' opening. This is boring! Be on the lookout instead for something that will pique the interest of your listeners, and perhaps surprise them. And here's something else you absolutely need to know: 20 ways to connect with an audience for lasting influence .

A few minutes of focused thinking should be all you need to know how to come up with an effective opening. And remember to avoid that I call introducing your introduction. That sounds like this: 'Let me start out with a story . . .', or, 'I heard a very funny joke the other day . . . ' Or even the inexplicable 'Before I begin . . . ' since you've already begun!

Just  tell  us the story, the joke, or the in-the-know reference that will delight your listeners. But if you signal your effect beforehand, you water down its potency and its power to surprise.

So how can you be completely focused and on your game?

12 powerful ways to start a speech or presentation.

12 Powerful Ways to Start a Speech or Presentation

As a springboard to launching your presentation with verve and originality, here are a dozen rhetorical devices you can use. Each of them is an effective 'speech hook that you can use to start any speech or presentation:

  • Startling statement
  • Personal anecdote or experience
  • Expert opinion
  • Sound effect
  • Physical object or demonstration
  • Testimony or success story

You could literally think of dozens more from your own experience or that of your audience. Remember, the best grabbers engage an audience immediately, both intellectually and emotionally. Interestingly, these same devices can be used to conclude in a way that keeps your audience thinking about what you said. It's all part of my six rules for effective public speaking .

Coming up with an exciting grabber and clincher involves some work on your part. But the rewards if you're successful more than justify the effort.

Famous Speech Openings  

How about a few examples? Here are four great openings that illustrate some of the grabbers listed above:

Jesus , Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." — Startling statement.

Bill Clinton , 1993 speech in Memphis to ministers (after having heard himself introduced as "Bishop Clinton"): "You know, in the last ten months, I've been called a lot of things, but nobody's called me a bishop yet. When I was about nine years old, my beloved and now departed grandmother, who was a very wise woman, looked at me and she said, 'You know, I believe you could be a preacher if you were just a little better boy.'" — Humor

Jane Fonda in her TED Talk "Life's Third Act":  "There have been many revolutions over the last century, but perhaps none as significant as the longevity revolution. We are living on average today 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did. Think about that: that's an entire second adult lifetime that's been added to our lifespan." — Statistic.

Steve Jobs , 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University: "Truth be told, I never graduated from college, and this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today, I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it, no big deal—just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another eighteen months or so before I really quit. So why'd I drop out? It started before I was born." — Story, with a seamless transition into his speech.

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First impressions matter, and in the world of public speaking, nailing the start of a speech is often the toughest part. It's where you capture your audience member's attention or risk losing it.

Many people find starting a speech daunting. Messing up in the beginning can lead to disinterested listeners and missed opportunities.

But here, we've got your back. In this blog, we'll show you simple, creative ways to begin your speech and ensure that you grab your audience's interest every time.

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Different Ways to Start a Speech

When it comes to inspiring, persuading, and influencing audiences, your speech’s most essential element is the opening. 

So how do you start your speech in a way that will get the audience on your side?

Here are ten effective ways to start your speech successfully every time.  

Begin with a Quote

Quotes are gems of wisdom that resonate with people. They inspire and motivate while being easy to remember. 

Well-thought-out words of history’s best orators can sometimes be the ticket for your successful speech. 

One good example is: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams.

Start with Statistics

Statistics are the proof that can add weight to your words. 

By opening with compelling and personalized statistics, you can add a quantifiable and persuasive aspect to your message. It provides you the basis for building your argument, supporting your claim, and proving it right.

An example could be: “72% of adult internet users use Facebook”.

Pose a Rhetorical Question

Rhetorical questions are engaging and thought-provoking. They invite your audience to think and participate in your presentation. These questions can captivate your listeners and lead them down the path of your message.

A very famous rhetorical question of all times by William Shakespeare is:

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not get revenge?” - The Merchant of Venice.

Open with a 'What If' Scenario

Creating a "what if" scenario sparks curiosity and imagination. You can use this technique to encourage your audience to envision a different perspective or a unique situation related to your topic.

For example: “What if you were blind for your life and today you just got to see the world? How have you imagined the world so far? And how do these colors attract you? By the way, is there anyone who is color blind?”

Make an Interesting Statement

You can start your speech with a powerful and catchy statement without asking the audience to pay attention to you. Interesting statements are very useful in engaging the audience and persuading them to listen and agree with you. 

A famous statement from Amy Cuddy’s Ted talk “ Your Body May Shape Who You Are ” is:

"So I want to start by offering you a free, no-tech life hack, and all it requires of you is this: that you change your posture for two minutes."

Share a Personal Anecdote or Experience

Sharing personal experiences creates a genuine connection with your audience. It allows them to relate to you on a human level and sets the stage for a compelling narrative.

For example: “I was in high school when I first fell in love…..”

People love stories of any kind from infancy and childhood. As soon as people learn that you are going to tell a story, they immediately settle down, become quiet and lean forward like kids around a campfire.

Give Meaningful Pauses

Pauses are the unsung heroes of a speech. Well-timed silence can emphasize your message and create an impact that words alone cannot.

Take a little pause every time you need to emphasize something. Knowing where to take a pause helps you make your message effective. 

For example: 

“Lyla is dead.”

“But they don’t know it yet.”

Envision a Scenario

By using the word "imagine," you can transport your listeners into your narrative. According to Frank Luntz, “One word automatically triggers the process of visualization by its mere mention: imagine.”

“Imagine” scenarios put the audience directly into the presentation by allowing them to visualize the extraordinary scenes. For example:

“Imagine you are hiking on Mount Everest, and you are just about to reach the peak, but suddenly you slip and roll down to the ground. How would you feel at that moment?”

Refer to the Historical Event 

You can capture your audience’s attention by referring to a historical event related to your speech. Well-known historical events are good reference points to get the audience to use their imagination. 

For example: “During the 1960s and ’70s, the United States intervened in the civil strife between North and South Vietnam. The result was a long running war of attrition in which many American lives were lost, and the country of Vietnam suffered tremendous damage and destruction.”

Start with Humor

Humor, when used thoughtfully, can instantly connect with your audience. It lightens the mood and draws people in, but it's essential to tread carefully to avoid offense.

An example of a humorous beginning is: “Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” - Dr. Laurence J Peter.

Usage of humor is a genius trick to get your audience involved in your speech.

Create Suspense

Starting your speech with suspense can immediately capture your audience's curiosity and keep them engaged as they eagerly anticipate what comes next. This technique is effective for drawing your audience into a story, a mystery, or a problem that needs solving.

Example: "As the clock struck midnight, and the footsteps echoed in the darkness, she knew that her life was about to change forever. But, what was waiting for her beyond that door?"

Open with a Definition

Defining key terms or concepts at the beginning of your speech can set the stage for a clear and focused discussion. This is especially useful when your topic involves technical or specialized terms that your audience may not be familiar with.

Example: "Today, let's begin with a clear understanding of 'sustainable development.' It refers to the practice of using resources in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Invoke a Contradiction

Opening with a contradiction can intrigue your audience by presenting two seemingly conflicting ideas or statements, which encourages them to explore the topic further and seek resolution.

Example: "In a world where we often believe that 'time is money,' today, we'll explore a paradox – how sometimes, time spent without rushing can be the most valuable time of all."

These opening techniques can help you capture your audience's attention and set the tone for a successful speech. The choice of which one to use will depend on your topic, audience, and the overall tone you want to convey.

How To Start Different Types of Speeches

Speech openings are not one-size-fits-all; they should be tailored to the specific type of speech you're delivering. 

Here, we'll explore how to start various types of speeches , providing examples to illustrate each approach.

How to Start a Graduation Speech

Starting a graduation speech is a unique opportunity to inspire and reflect on the journey of the graduates. A great way to begin is by acknowledging the significance of the moment. For instance:

Example: "Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed faculty, proud parents, and, of course, the brilliant Class of 2023 - today, as we stand on the precipice of our future, we are not just marking the end of an educational journey but celebrating the beginning of countless new adventures."

How to Start a Persuasive Speech

In a persuasive speech , your aim is to influence your audience's thoughts, beliefs, or actions. Begin with a statement that grabs attention and introduces your persuasive intent:

Example: "Picture this: a world where every individual makes small, conscious choices every day to reduce their carbon footprint. Today, I'm here to persuade you that we can create that world, one step at a time."

How to Start a Presentation Speech

Starting a presentation speech requires a balance between engaging your audience and previewing the content. Open a speech or presentation with an engaging fact or question related to your topic:

Example: "Did you know that in just the last five years, the world has generated more data than in all of human history before that? Today, we're going to delve into the fascinating world of data analytics and its impact on our lives."

In each of these examples, the opening lines are designed to fit the specific type of speech.  Remember that a well-crafted opening not only captivates your audience but also makes the rest of your speech more impactful.

How to Start a Speech Examples

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Need more examples? Have a look at these speech examples and get inspired!

Now that you've learned various ways to start your speech and make a strong impression, you're well-prepared for your speaking journey.

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Jim Peterson has over 20 years experience on speech writing. He wrote over 300 free speech topic ideas and how-to guides for any kind of public speaking and speech writing assignments at My Speech Class.

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The most asked question I get almost every day from students is this:

What makes a topic interesting?

Well, the answer is simple. You have to like it yourself, the subject has to be appropriate to the rules of the assignment, to the audience and the setting of the meeting:

In this article:

How To Find An Interesting Topic

Best interesting speech topics, interesting persuasive speech topics, interesting informative speech topics, topics with outline.

1 – Look in magazines, journals, and newspapers for events.

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Current or historical, that does not matter at this point, both are okay – and recent engaging and exciting facts, and perhaps valuable information that attracts the attention.

Articles about subjects that interests you and that are comfortable for you to talk about are good indications.

2 – Jot down any possible idea that comes up for interesting speech topics. I always draft a short list for myself of candidate issues if I am contracted for a public speaking engagement.

And then I skip the ones that are too difficult and too complex to prepare and master in 8 to 10 minutes time.

3 – Review some online books on the subject for more detailed current information about your topic. Or go to a library and ask for books and reference articles about your subject.

Without exception, all librarians I know will help you sorting out the speechwriter subject with their advice and recommendations. For example you choose for an alluring pleasure physical activity or farming and countryside topic.

Try to understand how the author has covered it. What’s his structure? What points, information or arguments are the strongest? What examples and illustrations has she or he used?

4 – Peerless reliable statistics and new discoveries can help writing and refining.

Look for controversies, rare and strange opinions. What do you think of it? What do you want your audience to think of it?

5 – Think about related engaging interpretive hints to talk about. When you view your rough list, try to find new points, different angles of view or just turn your thoughts upside down. Look at the special aspects that surprise the listeners.

>>>  For example try these 2 more detailed summary outlines with main points and subpoints. Use my sample structure to add or otherwise wipe steps and stages you do not need.

>>>  In addition to these patterns, you find more ideas for outlined main points in my Minute Section (in the navigation menu bar right on your left of this portal page). Or move straight to sixty plus lineups for speechwriters.

That can be very enlighting for enhancing public discernment. They also can  see , feel, or even  taste  and  smell  what you try to explain or demonstrate in a couple of minutes.

6 – Look for supporting and also for opposing opinions, plus interesting speech topics statements. Add visual aids where you want to emphasize or to give some prominence to an unimaginable point in your interesting topic idea.

7 – Watch news shows, history documentaries and debating programs – for example, the morning shows and the evening news. They are especially helpful for developing a rough list of wheedling brainstorms.

Interesting Speech Topic Examples

Don’t have time to read our full list of 200+ topic ideas? Here is our list of 10 interesting speech topics.

  • Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder
  • Children don’t play enough
  • Animal testing is necessary
  • Girls are too mean to each other
  • Men should get paternity leave
  • Tattoos are an addiction
  • If I had a year to do what I want
  • Butterflies: deadly creatures
  • How to ruin a date in the first minute
  • The meaning of dreams

Here is our list of top interesting persuasive speech topics.

  • Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder.
  • Hyper active kids don’t need medication.
  • Books are always better than the movie.
  • Pick up lines do work.
  • Televise all court proceedings.
  • Suspend referees that are found to show too much bias.
  • There is no place for monarchs any more.
  • It is false that no one is above the law.
  • You tube needs to monitor comments.
  • Online friends show more compassion.
  • Cross cultural couples respect each other more.
  • Graffiti must be recognised as art.
  • You can loose weight without exercising.
  • Children don’t play enough.
  • Carpets are harmful and shouldn’t be in homes.
  • Sex education doesn’t work.
  • Ban smoking in all public places.
  • Women cheat just as much as men.
  • Prohibit destruction of rainforests.
  • Global warming is a myth.
  • Justice is never the same for all.
  • Video games are not the blame of violence at school.
  • Financial rewards is the only way employees stay loyal.
  • The world isn’t only black and white.
  • Give girls over 16 contraceptives without parents consent.
  • Calories should be included in restaurant menus.
  • Sugar tax won’t reduce obesity.
  • Pregnancy as a result of rape should be terminated.
  • All couples must live together before getting married.
  • Animal testing is necessary.
  • Children’s beauty pageants are wrong.
  • There are not enough cameras in public spaces.
  • Freedom of speech rights needs to be rewritten.
  • Random DUI test should be done on parents picking up children after school.
  • Atheists are more peaceful than religious people.
  • Heterosexual men and women can be just friends.
  • Adoptive parents need maternity leave too.
  • Print advertisements don’t work.
  • Click bate headlines are the cause of less followers.
  • Don’t give children allowances.
  • Stop checking in on social media.
  • There would be more divorces if couples didn’t have children.
  • Compensate organ donors.
  • Celebrities are not role models.
  • Do drug tests on welfare recipients.
  • Stem cell research is murder.
  • People should be considered adults at 21.
  • Religion is the cause of war.
  • Life was not easier a century ago.
  • Men are better forgivers.
  • Making substances illegal only makes people want them more.
  • Parenting classes must be compulsory.
  • Helicopter parents are damaging their children.
  • Give working moms special privileges.
  • Social media fame is a scam.
  • Make paparazzi photographing children a criminal offence.
  • Food should never be seen as a reward.
  • 6 hours is not enough sleep for an adult.
  • People can live without eating meat.
  • Curfews do not keep teens out of trouble.
  • Electronic textbooks don’t have the same impact as the printed version.
  • This generation cannot fix anything.
  • Boredom always leads to trouble.
  • Girls are too mean to each other.
  • Affirmative action isn’t right.
  • School system is responsible for low test scores.
  • Men should get paternity leave.
  • Fast food needs to come with more warnings.
  • Killing a murderer is immoral.
  • Famous people must stay away from politics.
  • Long distance relationships do work.
  • Men are the stronger sex.
  • Jobs shouldn’t be gender specific.
  • Religion won’t die away.
  • Women shouldn’t give birth after 40.
  • Abortion is murder.
  • Tattoos are an addiction.
  • Drug addiction is a choice.
  • Social media will run it’s course and die out.
  • Caesarian sections are safer than normal births.
  • There is a connection between science and religion.
  • Never pay children for good grades.
  • People in open marriages are not happy.
  • The soul does exist.
  • People’s salaries should reflect their performances.
  • English will always be the business language of the world.
  • Why you should always put yourself first.
  • Earth has not been explored properly.
  • Women are more intelligent than they give away.
  • Alternatives to evolution exist.
  • Prisons create criminals.
  • Sick building syndromes exist.
  • Strategic defense and ethics do not match.
  • The War on Terror is based on a hidden agenda.
  • Aging is a threat to pension funding.
  • Airline safety restrictions won’t stop terrorists.
  • Alcohol advertising stimulates underage alcohol use.
  • All humans are spiritual in one way or another.
  • Arts express the level of quality in different cultures.
  • Atheists do care about Christmas.
  • Australian aboriginal tattooing is art.
  • Ban the filibuster from Congress.
  • Body piercings can cause serious complications.
  • Books are outdated.
  • Censorship is a violation of freedom of speech.
  • Charities must minimize the organizational and overhead costs.
  • Child testimonies in abuse cases are not credible.
  • Corporal punishment could be ethical, provided that it is proportional.
  • Creative expression and creativity are not the same.
  • Electronic baby timeshare does help to prevent teen pregnancy.
  • English and Spanish should be the only languages in the world.
  • Establishing democracy in Iraq is mission impossible.
  • Fashion gurus have good reasons to promote skinny girls.
  • Female genital mutilation is not unethical when done by cosmetic surgery doctors.
  • Feminism will help improve the position of females in Africa.
  • Fill in a country … should be condemned as human rights violator.
  • Future generations have to keep their jobs until they drop.
  • George Orwell was just right when he wrote his novel ‘1984’ … Big Brother is watching us all the time.
  • Governments should not own news broadcasting corporations.
  • Granting amnesty perpetuates immigration and makes border patrols fruitless.
  • Harry Potter books are more popular among elderly persons.
  • Hollywood movies have a bad influence on the world.
  • Homelessness in rural areas is substantially undercounted compared to metropolitan and suburban areas.
  • Hospitality is a valuable instrument to better foreign relationships.
  • Houses affected by natural disasters should not be rebuilt.
  • International satellite news broadcasting poses a threat to indigenous cultures.
  • It is possible to be pro-life and pro-choice.
  • It’s a myth that bottled water is better than tap water.
  • Journalism codes are no longer respected by journalists.
  • Limiting immigration is limiting opportunities.
  • Link debt relief of developing countries to carbon emission reduction.
  • Local aid to African communities is more effective than national aid.
  • Mentally disabled people cannot be executed.
  • Motivation courses only have one objective: to fund the instructor’s bank account.
  • MP3 music belongs in the free public domain for educational institutions and the general public.
  • News programs must be interesting rather than important.
  • Open source software is better than Microsoft.
  • Parental advisory labels hinder the freedom of speech of artists.
  • People have the right to decide about their own life and death.
  • Political correctness kills freedom of speech.
  • Poverty can be cut by half in this century.
  • Princess Diana’s death was not a tragic accident.
  • Public insults should be considered as hate speech and should not be protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
  • Right to work laws are useless.
  • Robin Hood was a not a hero.
  • Sex and sexuality are from different hemispheres.
  • Telling lies is a justifiable instrument.
  • The local council elections in Cuba are no elections at all.
  • The right to privacy is not absolute.
  • There is no secure protection of property rights in developing countries.
  • There should be cultural content quotas in broadcasting.
  • Tobacco and alcohol billboards litter the streets.
  • United Nations will never truly exist in Europe.
  • Vegetarians would not eat vegetables if they were born in rural Africa.
  • We should have a king instead of a president.
  • Weblogs are intellectual property and therefore must be legally protected.
  • With the current economic situation, we will all be working until we are old and grey.
  • Zero tolerance is a useful instrument to prevent violence.

Here is our list of top interesting informative speech topics.

  • A comparison of the official definition of terrorism in different parts of the world.
  • A week of monastery life.
  • Abu Sayyaf links to global terror organizations.
  • Architectural movements in the late nineteenth century.
  • Armed conflicts in Africa.
  • Artificial intelligence opportunities.
  • Biochemical weapons explained.
  • Bioethics versus human rights.
  • Combatting modern slavery.
  • Debunking weight loss myths.
  • Development goals of the United Nations.
  • Everything we can find in our Solar System.
  • Five ways to give and donate to charity funds.
  • Forms of public diplomacy.
  • Fraud detection systems explained.
  • How giant sea aquariums are constructed.
  • How nepotisms started in the Middle Ages.
  • How the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is structured.
  • How the American Civil War began.
  • How the application for immigration and naturalization works.
  • How the CIA can track terrorists.
  • How to apply Feng Shui to your bedroom.
  • How to outlaw reactionary conservative groups and individuals.
  • Is it possible to clone humans?
  • Major incidents and consequences in the first decade of this millennium.
  • Middle East roadmap for peace.
  • Migration trends.
  • Offshore installation accidents over the years.
  • Racism and cultural diversity in mass media.
  • Refugees and forced displacement.
  • Result on foreign aid funding in the long term.
  • Scientific explanations for the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.
  • State sponsored tyranny explained.
  • The 9/11 Commission assignment and its main conclusions.
  • The best consumer electronics innovations to date.
  • The chain of cargo and freight services at international airports.
  • The difference between soft and hard drugs.
  • The effect of counter terrorism legislation on ordinary people.
  • The European convention on human rights explained.
  • The flying fortress called Air Force One.
  • The four general goals of the Homeland Security Department.
  • The functions of Samurai warriors in Ancient Japan.
  • The future of fashion.
  • The Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war.
  • The governing system of rules during the Middle Ages.
  • The history of Amtrak.
  • The innovative and unique styling of Dodge trucks.
  • The long term complications of sunburn.
  • The philosophical doctrine of Nihilism.
  • The pros and cons of pacifism.
  • The relations between federal budget deficit, national debt and trade balance.
  • The role of Emperor Akihito in Japan.
  • The secrets of crop circles revealed.
  • The short history of the second man on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin.
  • The struggle to patent computer software.
  • The war costs in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Two party system compared multiple party systems.
  • What is acne and what are its causes.
  • Why the NASA shuttle program was stopped.
  • Why the Romans built huge aqueducts in France.
  • Venezuela and the constitutional power crisis.
  • A diamond exploration certification system will not prevent conflict-diamonds trade.
  • Handwriting analysis and how it reveals aspects of your personality.
  • Hindu Cinema: not just Bollywood movies.
  • How many disasters always happen at Christmas time.
  • How sleepwalkers perform the most unusual things while asleep.
  • Different lifestyles of generations.
  • Importance of sleeping
  • What makes me happy
  • My ideal trip to Asia
  • What would it be like to live with a famous person?
  • If I were a volcano
  • If l could the queen
  • Benefits of being a vegetarian
  • How girls worldwide are treated differently
  • History of Mainamati in Bangladesh
  • Broccoli flavored Oreos
  • The Importance of public speaking
  • A world without boundaries
  • Stars and shooting stars
  • How I came to school for the first time
  • Conspiracy theories
  • The pros and cons of being dead
  • Confusing grammar
  • When my birthday was there
  • Importance of languages
  • How to study effectively
  • If I walked backwards
  • The power of a lie
  • Power of words
  • If I was invisible
  • Why I smile
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fashion trends I hate
  • Why do we have toes?
  • Why I want to be a lawyer (or whatever job u pick)
  • How colours affect your mood

Need a topic for your speech about an interesting persuasion statement?

Here are some of the best speech ideas and two easy informative subjects you can alter into a firm convincing claim.

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1. Whistleblower Protection Is Not Effective

  • Whistleblower laws don’t protect against reprisals, disciplinary measures and spin from superiors.
  • Huge companies have enough money to buy legal advice for a long period, laws offer employees no financial shield.
  • Legislation often doesn’t address the issue itself, the problem, the allegations often are not investigated.

Another topic for your speech on business could be on fair trade:

2. Is Fair Trade Really Fair?

  • Protectionism and markets are often stronger than fair trade appointments.
  • Buying products is subsidizing poor farmers and manufacturers in developing countries. It isn’t helping them to make them stronger.
  • It is anti-competitive and it undermines the economy in Third World nations.

And what do you think of this explosive persuasive topic for your speech?

3. Nuclear Power Is Dangerous Stuff

  • An accident could cause thousands of fatalities and for billions of dollars property damage.
  • There is no proper technology to handle radioactive waste material.
  • Health risks for people working in the plant and for those who are living nearby could not be foreseen in advance and certainly not at the long term.
  • Costs of nuclear plant safety measurements are very high.

And now two informative suggestions for a topic for your speech. But you easily transform them into some of the best speech ideas for persuasion speeches:

4. Checklist Before Taking A New Job

  • A bigger company means more interesting job and task opportunities.
  • It makes it possible to extend your existing network of trusted contacts.
  • Like to travel abroad? Is it a Yes or No?
  • How about the probability that you will keep your job – in other words what about the job security? What are the hidden clues?
  • Is there a chance you can make you professional dreams and personal goals come true?
  • How about the pay? Get all salary information, and decide on how much you want to earn from the start.
  • Are there other requirements? Some personal wishes you would like to fulfill?

5. The Advantages Of Working In The Night

  • No disturbing by telephone.
  • No traffic jam.
  • Not being awakened by the alarm clock in early morning hours …

You can think about the disadvantages too … Approach this subject from different sides and you double your opportunities!

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Hello, I’d appreciate it if you’d stop perpetuating falseties about global warming and climate change. They are very much real, and putting them on a list like this only further pushes the myth that they are false. These topics are not up for debate.

Some of these are really creative.

#184 made me laugh. As someone who grew up with Harry Potter, perhaps students these days will consider me an older person ha.

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thaaaank you very much this is help me a lot

Thanks for the ideas!

A lot of these “creative” topics are not only offensive but help push distructive rhetoric.

this helped me out so much.was just sitting there lost about what to speak at the academic decathlon.thanks

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15 Ideas To Make A Speech Unique, Memorable & Inspiring

Are you often called to speak in front of others ? If yes, then the art of making your speech unique, memorable, and inspiring is something you should be able to do with little or no effort.

This is important because listening to a yawn-inducing and lifeless speech is one of the worst things your audience would want to waste their precious time doing.

So, for this reason, your goal for every speech should be to ensure that your speech leaves your audience inspired, hopeful, and enlightened.

Well, in case creating a mind-captivating speech has been a challenge for you, here are 15 ideas for making your next speech unique, memorable, and inspiring.

  • Know your Audience: Audience Analysis
  • Use Attention Grabbers in your Speech
  • Be Authentic or Real during your Speech
  • Keep the Speech SIMPLE
  • Practice and Deliver the Speech with Confidence
  • Short and Concise Presentation
  • Be Creative and use Killer Visual Aids in your Speech
  • Build Credibility: Show that You’re The ONE
  • Break the Ice and Keep the Audience Engaged
  • Structure and Organize your Speech for Better Impact
  • Use Effective Signposts and Transition Statements
  • Build Upon concepts that your Audience can Understand
  • Avoid READING your Speech
  • Review and Recap Main Points at the End of the Speech
  • END the speech with a Call To Action or Powerful Quote
  • Know who your target audiences are

Understanding the class and group of your target audience is the first step towards making your speech unique and memorable.

To be a great speaker, you must possess a great tact that will help you to understand that your speech is partially about yourself and wholly about your audience as well as the occasion that gives rise to your speech.   

With a good understanding of whom your audience is, you will be able to use the right jargon, acronyms, illustrations, examples, and possibly ask questions that will help you to address issues relating to your audience in your speech.

With that, you would have been able to get their interest and possibly proffer solutions to their challenges through your speech.

Related Article: 10 Steps to an Effective Audience Analysis

  • Grab your audiences’ attention 

Sadly, humans are among the various creatures with a very short attention span. So, while delivering a speech, one of your core responsibilities is to ensure that you grab and hook your audience’s attention before they tune out.

In doing this, you may have to engage strategies such as telling a story, bringing in some humorous lines, asking questions, or even keeping them in suspense with some rhetoric .

Frankly speaking, starting your speech with the usual boring lines such as “my name is….” or “I am here to talk to you about…” is a sure way to let the attention of your audience to stray.

Here’s a FREE eBook with 6 Proven Ways to Engage your Audience

  • Be real during your speech

Another great idea to help your speech resonate in the minds of your audience is being open, real, and authentic during your speech.

By this, your audience will be able to relate better with you, especially when you look relaxed without giving the impression that you are delivering a speech that you have thoroughly rehearsed.

Also, as part of being real to your audience, you may adopt some self-deprecating humor whenever the time is right to keep your audience alive.

One of the most recent unique, powerful and inspiring speeches to be found on Youtube now is that of the 2016 Harvard Graduate, Donovan Livingston, where he WOW’ed the audience and still impresses many people to this day. Watch it below:

  • Keep your speech simple 

Top among the core qualities of great speakers is the ability to deliver speeches that are understandable, straightforward, and reproducible.

By this, outstanding speakers try their hardest to ensure that their idea and point are strong, convincing, and yet clear and understandable. Besides ensuring that your points are strong and convincing, always ensure that every bit of your speech addresses and reinforces your main point or idea.

Always avoid too many facts, figures, and charts because these may complicate your speech and even get your audience confused at the end.

  • Give adequate time for practice and deliver your speech with confidence.

It is usually understandable in the first instance if you stumble on your speech delivery. Yes, it is a common thing, and we’ve all been there one time or the other.

However, it becomes bad and unprofessional when that occurs more often in a speech, and that might lead to loss of focus, which may affect the quality of your delivery.

Consequently, it then becomes very easy for listeners to quickly forget about you as well as your speech if you are a speaker who lacks confidence during a speech.

To avoid this, you can prepare adequately for your speech by going over it over and over again. While this might help, it is mostly advisable to rehearse your speech without notes or trying to get everything in it verbatim.

Once you are perfect with the main points in your speech, you will be able to speak fluently, understandably without unnecessary or abrupt pauses, which are known to be an indication of unsuccessful speech delivery.

A typical illustration to describe a failed speech is by not creating adequate time to prepare your speech and then ending up improvising your speech. Contrary to this, if you prepare adequately with some sessions of rehearsals on the content of your speech, you will be to envisage and anticipate possible questions that your audience may ask, either during or after your speech.

  • Keep your speech short and concise

Another amazing way to leave your audience inspired by a memorable and unique speech is to ensure that your speech is as brief as possible.

Trying to fill your speech with unnecessary information may end up getting your audience bored with your ideas.

Going straight to the major points of your speech and nailing each point and then moving on to the next point until you finally wrap up your speech is a good way to keep your audience alive and inspired about your speech.

Remember, no one will ever complain if your speech is short and concise instead of a long and boring sermon. 

  • Be creative when using visuals in your speech

No doubt, visuals such as photos, graphics, charts, and other visual elements can help you to pass your message across to your audience, and also help your audience to remember your message with ease.

However, irrespective of how visuals can boost the effective transmission of your idea across to your audience, you should apply moderation, and only use visuals that helps to buttress your points where text may seem too lengthy.

ideas to make a speech unique

  • Convince your audience that you are in the best position to deliver the speech

In public speaking, this concept is referred to as “ethos”, and it serves as your credibility statement.

By making it clear to your audience the position in which you occupy that allows you to deliver the speech, is a good way to show your audience that you know your onions and that the speech you are delivering to them is not a product of guesses. 

Take for instance, if you are a chef, and you are giving a speech about the causes of alopecia, especially in a situation where you have never worked as a trichologist all your life. It will be very easy for your audience to doubt what you are saying to them about alopecia. 

  • Create an interactive session for your audience

When it comes to interacting with your audience, this is a part of your speech you must make sure to incorporate into your speech to keep your audience alive and active.

Take, for instance, you are most likely to have 70% of your listeners doze off when sharing a monologue that is not exceptionally exciting with them.

And if this is the case, your audience will have no option but to passively absorb your speech, and after which, they forget what you have spoken almost immediately.

To avoid this sad situation, it is best to engage your audience by way of asking them questions related to the points in your speech and then offering some little incentives for the participating audience.

Frankly speaking, the easiest way to have your listeners remember the content of your speech for a long time with ripples of inspiration is by activating your audience as much as possible.

A typical example to illustrate this is when delivering a motivational speech to a group of an audience about self-discipline in the form of a monologue.

In this case, it is way easier for your audience to forget the main points in your speech compared to when such a speech is delivered with interactive triggers following each point in your speech.

Once such a platform is created, it then becomes very easy for your listeners to share their personal experiences based on the points shared in your speech.

  • Structure and organize your speech

Failure to organize your speech with a coherent structure is a cheat sheet to a speech that will end up as a ramble.

The reason for this is because the main points in your speech will be scattered all over your speech, and you may end up with your audience wondering to themselves “what is he even saying?”, “What is the main idea of the speech?”, or “what is the topic of the speech?”

To avoid this pitfall, it is, therefore, very important to organize your speech into a well-defined structure so that your points will flow, and the entire speech will go as though there is a road map guiding it.

Highly Recommended Article: How to Structure your Keynote Speech GUIDE

  • Create appropriate connections between the major points in your speech

A seamless transition between the major points in your speech a great way to make your speech unique, memorable, and inspiring.

To achieve this, you will need to use appropriate linking words such as; “in addition to the first point”, “more so”, “going forward” or even “now that we have taken a critical look at the major challenges, let’s us focus on some possible solutions.” 

With some transitory words and phrases such as these, you will be sure that your audience doesn’t lose track of the previous points in an attempt to take in news points or ideas.

Similarly, using conclusive phrases such as “in conclusion”, “finally,” “to summarize the major points”, signals to your audience that you have come to the end of your speech.

For more on that and tons of examples, please check out our guide on how to use transition statements and make your speech more fluid and interesting to your audience. You will also find transition phrases examples. Please check it out Here .

  • Build upon concepts that your audience can understand

Just like other handy ideas shared so far, when you leverage on concepts that your audience can easily understand, you create an avenue for an inspiring and memorable moment among your listeners. 

Although this may not always come very easy to do, when you can spot a common ground between your audience and yourself, it then becomes very easy to transform even a weird and complex argument into a speech that can easily be understood by your listeners.

On the flip side, using concepts and illustrations that your audience can barely relate to or do not have an idea about, you have then created a problem for both yourself as well as your audience, since they are most likely to forget your words right after you have finished speaking them. 

A very simple analogy to explain this is using illustrations about music notes and terms to explain your ideas and points to an audience with little or no music background. 

If this is the case, it will be very easy for the listeners to forget your points compared to using the same illustrations for music students or professionals, who can easily understand and memorize your ideas and points.

  • Avoid reading your speech

No one wants to listen to a speaker that reads a speech as though it is a prepared speech they are just seeing for the first time. Not even you!

To avoid making your speech boring and time-wasting for your audience, avoid burying your head in the script and reading out every line in it.

Although there are some exceptions, as in the case of a graduation speech, a speaker should as a matter of necessity maintain adequate eye contact with his audience. 

Irrespective of what kind of speech you may be delivering and the occasion, ignoring your audience and fixing your eyes and attention on your script is an easy way to turn your audience off from your speech. Unless you are delivering a Manuscript Speech .

Ideally, the best way to give a speech without having your audience burned out, even when you are practically reading the whole content, is to ensure that you have some of your key points and major ideas offhand.

With this, you’ll only go back to your script to pick one or two points to guide you on what next to say. And by so doing, you must have succeeded in delivering a speech that is memorable in the minds of your audience.

  • Always review and recap your main points at the end of your speech

Sadly, many listeners are not too good at remembering a piece of information once heard. For this reason, a brief repetition from the speaker can boost the level of remembrance of the major points by the audience.

In most cases, expert speakers think that a speech should be delivered starting from a preview (where a brief outline of the main ideas is given), the main message in detail, and a review (a recap of the main points of the speech).

Well, you may quickly cut in that this feels more like a waste of time going over the same ideas and points in different ways. Be that as it may, the fact remains that doing so will help your listeners to be fully absorbed in your speech and also creating the room for your speech to resonate in their memory even after you’ve long gone.

  • End a speech with a call-to-action or a powerful quote 

Just like other parts of a speech, the end of a speech has so much to contribute to its uniqueness as well as how inspirational it will be to the audience. And as it is commonly said, a speech that is lacking a good and concrete finality and a conclusion is as good as a speech that is sloppy and also very easy to forget.

Ending a speech with a powerful and relevant quote that keeps resonating in the minds of the audience is a good way to end a speech in a grand style. Similarly, even in addition to a quote, a speech should as a matter of necessity end with a call-to-action that keeps the listeners on their toes about implementing the major ideas and points that are contained in the speech a speaker has just shared.

With a persuasive call-to-action, the audience will try their hardest to ensure that they memorize the content of a speech since there are still some actions to be taken even after the speech has been delivered.

A typical example of speech that wouldn’t make any meaning to the audience is one in which the major points were based mainly on volunteerism or some volunteer service. 

In such instance, if as the speaker, you finish your speech without a powerful quote about voluntary service or a call to action for members of your audience to volunteer themselves to the cause of your speech, it will end up as a total waste of time since the content of the speech has not been put to practice.

For such a speech, the words of Muhammad Al i about voluntary service

  “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” 

will make the perfect quote to usher in a call-to-action that will help your audience to subscribe to the content of your speech.

References & Further Reading

Elisa Abbott. 9 Tips to Make Your Speech Memorable .

Craig Ballantyne. 10 Ways to Make Your Speeches more Powerful, Persuasive, and Profitable .

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How to Write an Informative Speech

Last Updated: October 6, 2022 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Lynn Kirkham . Lynn Kirkham is a Professional Public Speaker and Founder of Yes You Can Speak, a San Francisco Bay Area-based public speaking educational business empowering thousands of professionals to take command of whatever stage they've been given - from job interviews, boardroom talks to TEDx and large conference platforms. Lynn was chosen as the official TEDx Berkeley speaker coach for the last four years and has worked with executives at Google, Facebook, Intuit, Genentech, Intel, VMware, and others. There are 13 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 1,381,734 times.

An informative speech tells an audience about a process, event, or concept. Whether you’re explaining how to grow a garden or describing a historical event, writing an informative speech is pretty straightforward. Knowing the topic inside and out is key, so start by conducting thorough research. Organize your speech logically so your audience can easily follow, and keep your language clear. Since speeches are recited out loud, be sure to set aside time after writing to perfect your delivery.

Researching the Topic

Step 1 Choose a subject that interests you if the topic isn’t assigned.

  • Suppose your prompt instructs you to inform the audience about a hobby or activity. Make a list of your clubs, sports, and other activities, and choose the one that interests you most. Then zoom in on one particular aspect or process to focus on in your speech.
  • For instance, if you like tennis, you can’t discuss every aspect of the sport in a single speech. Instead, you could focus on a specific technique, like serving the ball.

Step 2 Gather a variety...

  • For example, if your speech is about a historical event, find primary sources, like letters or newspaper articles published at the time of the event. Additionally, include secondary sources, such as scholarly articles written by experts on the event.
  • If you’re informing the audience about a medical condition, find information in medical encyclopedias, scientific journals, and government health websites.

Tip: Organize your sources in a works cited page. Even if the assignment doesn’t require a works cited page, it’ll help you keep track of your sources. [3] X Trustworthy Source Purdue Online Writing Lab Trusted resource for writing and citation guidelines Go to source

Step 3 Form a clear understanding of the process or concept you’re describing.

  • For instance, if your speech is on growing plants from seeds, explain the process step-by-step to a friend or relative. Ask them if any parts in your explanation seemed muddy or vague.
  • Break down the material into simple terms, especially if you’re addressing a non-expert audience. Think about how you’d describe the topic to a grandparent or younger sibling. If you can’t avoid using jargon, be sure to define technical words in clear, simple terms.

Step 4 Come up with a thesis that concisely presents your speech’s purpose.

  • For example, if your speech is on the poet Charles Baudelaire, a strong thesis would be, “I am here to explain how city life and exotic travel shaped the key poetic themes of Charles Baudelaire’s work.”
  • While the goal of an informative speech isn't to make a defensible claim, your thesis still needs to be specific. For instance, “I’m going to talk about carburetors” is vague. “My purpose today is to explain how to take apart a variable choke carburetor” is more specific.

Step 5 Focus on informing your audience instead of persuading them.

  • For instance, a speech meant to persuade an audience to support a political stance would most likely include examples of pathos, or persuasive devices that appeal to the audience's emotions.
  • On the other hand, an informative speech on how to grow pitcher plants would present clear, objective steps. It wouldn't try to argue that growing pitcher plants is great or persuade listeners to grow pitcher plants.

Drafting Your Speech

Step 1 Write a bare...

  • Delivering memorized remarks instead of reading verbatim is more engaging. A section of a speaking outline would look like this: III. YMCA’s Focus on Healthy Living  A. Commitment to overall health: both body and mind  B. Programs that support commitment   1. Annual Kid’s Day   2. Fitness facilities   3. Classes and group activities

Step 2 Include a hook, thesis, and road map of your speech in the introduction.

  • For example, you could begin with, “Have you ever wondered how a figure skater could possibly jump, twist, and land on the thin blade of an ice skate? From proper technique to the physical forces at play, I’ll explain how world-class skaters achieve jaw-dropping jumps and spins.”
  • Once you've established your purpose, preview your speech: “After describing the basic technical aspects of jumping, I’ll discuss the physics behind jumps and spins. Finally, I’ll explain the 6 types of jumps and clarify why some are more difficult than others.”
  • Some people prefer to write the speech's body before the introduction. For others, writing the intro first helps them figure out how to organize the rest of the speech.

Step 3 Present your main ideas in a logically organized body.

  • For instance, if your speech is about the causes of World War I, start by discussing nationalism in the years prior to the war. Next, describe the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, then explain how alliances pulled the major players into open warfare.
  • Transition smoothly between ideas so your audience can follow your speech. For example, write, “Now that we’ve covered how nationalism set the stage for international conflict, we can examine the event that directly led to the outbreak of World War I: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. [11] X Research source

Step 4 Review your main points in the conclusion.

  • For instance, your conclusion could point out, “Examining the factors that set the stage for World War I shows how intense nationalism fueled the conflict. A century after the Great War, the struggle between nationalism and globalism continues to define international politics in the twenty-first century.”

Step 5 Write a complete draft to edit and memorize your speech.

  • Typically, speeches aren’t read verbatim. Instead, you’ll memorize the speech and use a bare bones outline to stay on track.

Avoid information overload: When you compose your speech, read out loud as you write. Focus on keeping your sentence structures simple and clear. Your audience will have a hard time following along if your language is too complicated. [14] X Trustworthy Source University of North Carolina Writing Center UNC's on-campus and online instructional service that provides assistance to students, faculty, and others during the writing process Go to source

Perfecting Your Delivery

Step 1 Write the main points and helpful cues on notecards.

  • While it’s generally okay to use slightly different phrasing, try to stick to your complete outline as best you can. If you veer off too much or insert too many additional words, you could end up exceeding your time limit.
  • Keep in mind your speaking outline will help you stay focused. As for quotes and statistics, feel free to write them on your notecards for quick reference.

Memorization tip: Break up the speech into smaller parts, and memorize it section by section. Memorize 1 sentence then, when you feel confident, add the next. Continue practicing with gradually longer passages until you know the speech like the back of your hand.

Step 2 Project confidence with eye contact, gestures, and good posture.

  • Instead of slouching, stand up tall with your shoulders back. In addition to projecting confidence, good posture will help you breathe deeply to support your voice.

Step 3 Practice the speech in a mirror or to a friend.

  • Have them point out any spots that dragged or seemed disorganized. Ask if your tone was engaging, if you used body language effectively, and if your volume, pitch, and pacing need any tweaks.

Step 4 Make sure you stay within the time limit.

  • If you keep exceeding the time limit, review your complete sentence outline. Cut any fluff and simplify complicated phrases. If your speech isn’t long enough, look for areas that could use more detail or consider adding another section to the body.
  • Just make sure any content you add is relevant. For instance, if your speech on nationalism and World War I is 2 minutes too short, you could add a section about how nationalism manifested in specific countries, including Britain, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Serbia.

Sample Informative Speeches

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Expert Q&A

Lynn Kirkham

  • You're probably much better at informative speeches than you think! If you have ever told your parents about your day at school or explained to a friend how to make chicken noodle soup, you already have experience giving an informative speech! Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 0
  • If you get nervous, try to relax, take deep breaths, and visualize calming scenery. Remember, there’s nothing to worry about. Just set yourself up for success by knowing the material and practicing. Thanks Helpful 3 Not Helpful 0
  • When composing your speech, take your audience into consideration, and tailor your speech to the people you’re addressing. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 1

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To write an informative speech, start with an introduction that will grab your audience's attention and give them an idea of where the rest of your speech is headed. Next, choose 3 important points that you want to make to form the body of your speech. Then, organize the points in a logical order and write content to address each point. Finally, write a conclusion that summarizes the main points and ends with a message that you want your audience to take away from it. For tips on researching topics for an informative speech, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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Never underestimate the power of great communication. It can help you land the job of your dreams, attract investors to back your idea, or elevate your stature within your organization. But while there are plenty of good speakers in the world, you can set yourself apart out by being the person who can deliver something great over and over. Here are a few tips for business professionals who want to move from being good speakers to great ones: be concise (the fewer words, the better); never use bullet points (photos and images paired together are more memorable); don’t underestimate the power of your voice (raise and lower it for emphasis); give your audience something extra (unexpected moments will grab their attention); rehearse (the best speakers are the best because they practice — a lot).

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15 Ways to Start a Speech + Bonus Tips

You have heard the saying “First impressions are lasting; you never get a second chance to create a good first impression.”

The same is true when talking about how to start a speech…

The truth is, when you start your speech, you must focus everything on making a positive first impression on your audience members (especially if you are doing the presentation virtually ). The introduction is basically the formal greetings for speeches, so let’s be sure to get this right to really hook the audience.

Here are 15 different ways to start a speech as well as 2 extra BONUS tips at the end.

1) Thank the Organizers and Audience

You can start by thanking the audience for coming and thanking the organization for inviting you to speak.

Refer to the person who introduced you or to one or more of the senior people in the organization in the audience.

This compliments them, makes them feel proud and happy about your presence, and connects you to the audience like an electrical plug in a socket.

2) Start With a Positive Statement

A presentation tip at the start is to tell the audience members how much they will like and enjoy what you have to say.

For example, you might say:

“You’re really going to enjoy the time we spend together this evening. I’m going to share with you some of the most important ideas that have ever been discovered in this area.”

Remember that  speaking is an art,  so be an artist and take complete control of your performance,

3) Compliment the Audience

You can begin by complimenting the audience members sincerely and with great respect.

Smile as if you are really glad to see them as if they are all old friends of yours that you have not seen for quite a while.

You can tell them that it is a great honor for you to be here, that they are some of the most important people in this business or industry, and that you are looking forward to sharing some key ideas with them.

You could say something like:

“It is an honor to be here with you today. You are the elite, the top 10 percent of people in this industry. Only the very best people in any field will take the time and make the sacrifice to come so far for a conference like this.”

4) Start Your Speech By Referring to Current Events

Use a current event front-page news story to transition into your subject and to illustrate or prove your point. You can bring a copy of the newspaper and hold it up as you refer to it in your introduction.

This visual image of you holding the paper and reciting or reading a key point rivets the audience’s attention and causes people to lean forward to hear what you have to say.

5) Refer to a Historical Event

For many years, I studied military history…

Especially the lives and campaigns of the great generals and the decisive battles they won. One of my favorites was Alexander the Great.

One day, I was asked to give a talk on leadership principles to a roomful of managers for a Fortune 500 company.

I decided that the campaign of Alexander the Great against Darius of Persia would make an excellent story that would illustrate the leadership qualities of one of the great commanders in history.

I opened my talk with these words:

“Once upon a time there was a young man named Alex who grew up in a poor country. But Alex was a little bit ambitious. From an early age, he decided that he wanted to conquer the entire known world. But there was a small problem. Most of the known world was under the control of a huge multinational called the Persian Empire, headed by King Darius II. To fulfill his ambition, Alex was going to have to take the market share away from the market leader, who was very determined to hold on to it.

This is the same situation that exists between you and your major competitors in the market today. You are going to have to use all your leadership skills to win the great marketing battles of the future.”

6) Refer to a Well Known Person

You can start by quoting a well-known person or publication that recently made an important statement.

One of the subjects I touch upon regularly is the importance of continual personal development.

I will say something like:

“In the twenty-first century, knowledge and know-how are the keys to success. As basketball coach Pat Riley said, ‘If you are not getting better, you are getting worse.’”

7) Refer to a Recent Conversation

Start by telling a story about a recent conversation with someone in attendance.

For instance, I might say:

“A few minutes ago, I was talking with Tom Robinson in the lobby. He told me that this is one of the very best times to be working in this industry, and I agree.”

8) Make a Shocking Statement

You can start your talk by making a shocking statement of some kind.

For example, you might say something like:

“According to a recent study, there will be more change, more competition, and more opportunities in this industry in the next year than ever before. And 72 percent of the people in this room will be doing something different within two years if they do not rapidly adapt top these changes.”

Click here If you want to learn more techniques to wow your audience.

9) Quote From Recent Research

You can start by quoting a recent research report.

One example is:

“According to a story in a recent issue of Businessweek, there were almost 11 million millionaires in America in 2018, most of them self-made.”

10) Start Your Speech By Giving Them Hope

The French philosopher Gustav Le Bon once wrote, “The only religion of mankind is, and always has been hope.”

When you speak effectively, you give people hope of some kind.

Remember, the ultimate purpose of speaking is to inspire people to do things that they would not have done in the absence of your comments.

Everything you say should relate to the actions you want people to take and the reasons that they should take those actions.

11) Be Entertaining

Bill Gove used to walk onto the stage after his introduction if he had just finished talking to someone on the side and was breaking off to give his talk to the group.

The audience got the feeling that his entire talk was one continuous conversation, devoid of meaningless filler words .

Bill would often go to the edge of the stage and then drop his voice in a conspiratorial way, open his arms, and beckon the audience members to come a little closer.

He would say, “Come here, let me tell you something,” and then he would wave them forward as though he was about to tell a secret to the entire room.

The amazing thing was that everyone in the room would lean forward to hear this “secret” that he was about to share. People would all suddenly realize what they were doing and break out in laughter. It was a wonderful device to get the audience into the palm of his hands.

12) Ask a Question

You can open by making a positive statement and then ask a question requiring a show of hands.

Try something like this:

“This is a great time to be alive and in business in America. By the way how many people here are self-employed?”

Raise your hand to indicate what you want people to do. I have used this line, and after a number of hands go up, I then say to someone who raised their hand in the front, “How many people here are really self-employed?”

Invariably, someone will say, “We all are!”

I then compliment and affirm the answer:  “You’re right! We are all self-employed, from the time we take our first jobs to the day that we retire; we all work for ourselves, no matter who signs our paychecks.”

13) Open With a Problem

You can start with a problem that must be solved. If it is a problem that almost everyone has in common, you will immediately have the audience’s complete and undivided attention.

For example, you could say:

“Fully 63 percent of baby boomers are moving toward retirement without enough money put aside to provide for themselves for as long as they are going to live. We must address this problem and take action immediately to ensure that each person who retires will be able to live comfortably for the rest of his or her natural life.”

14) Make a Strong Statement, Then Ask a Question

You can start by making a strong statement and then ask a question. You then follow with an answer and ask another question. This gets people immediately involved and listening to your every word.

Here’s an example:

“Twenty percent of the people in our society make 80 percent of the money. Are you a member of the top 20 percent? If not, would you like to join the top 20 percent or even the top 10 percent? Well, in the next few minutes, I am going to give you some ideas to help you become some of the highest-paid people in our society. Would that be a good goal for our time together today?”

15) Tell a Story

You can start your talk with a story. Some of the most powerful words grab the complete attention of the audience are, “Once upon a time…”

From infancy and early childhood, people love stories of any kind. When you start off with the words, “Once upon a time…” you tell the audience that a story is coming. People immediately settle down, become quiet, and lean forward like kids around a campfire.

When I conduct full-day seminars and I want to bring people back to their seats after a break, I will say loudly, “Once upon a time there was a man, right here in this city…”

As soon as I say these words, people hurry back to their seats and begin to listen attentively to the rest of the story.

The story technique is very effective.

In fact, its probably one of the best public speaking tips I’ve learned to this day.

Bonus Tip: Tell Them About Yourself

Very often, I will start a speech to a business, sales, or entrepreneurial group by saying:

“I started off without graduating from high school. My family had no money. Everything I accomplished in life I had to do on my own with very little help from anyone else.”

It is amazing how many people come up to me after a talk that began with those words and tells me that was their experience as well.

They tell me that they could immediately identify with me because they too had started with poor grades and limited funds, as most people do. As a result, they were open to the rest of my talk, even a full-day seminar, and felt that everything I said was more valid and authentic than if I had been a person who started off with a successful background.

Building a bridge like this is very helpful in bringing the audience onto your side.

Bonus Tip: Get Them Talking to One Another

You can ask people to turn to the person next to them to discuss a particular point.

For instance, you could say:

“Tell the person next to you what you would like to learn from this seminar.”

Whatever you ask your audience members to do, within reason, they will do it for you. Your commands and your thought leadership will easily influence them, as long as you ask them with confidence.

By following any one of these tips for starting your speech, you are sure to grab your audience’s attention every time. How do you start a speech? Let me know in the comments.

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15 Powerful Speech Opening Lines (And How to Create Your Own)

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Powerful speech opening lines set the tone and mood of your speech. It’s what grips the audience to want to know more about the rest of your talk.

The first few seconds are critical. It’s when you have maximum attention of the audience. And you must capitalize on that!

Instead of starting off with something plain and obvious such as a ‘Thank you’ or ‘Good Morning’, there’s so much more you can do for a powerful speech opening (here’s a great article we wrote a while ago on how you should NOT start your speech ).

To help you with this, I’ve compiled some of my favourite openings from various speakers. These speakers have gone on to deliver TED talks , win international Toastmaster competitions or are just noteworthy people who have mastered the art of communication.

After each speaker’s opening line, I have added how you can include their style of opening into your own speech. Understanding how these great speakers do it will certainly give you an idea to create your own speech opening line which will grip the audience from the outset!

Alright! Let’s dive into the 15 powerful speech openings…

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1. Ric Elias

Opening: “Imagine a big explosion as you climb through 3,000 ft. Imagine a plane full of smoke. Imagine an engine going clack, clack, clack. It sounds scary. Well I had a unique seat that day. I was sitting in 1D.”

How to use the power of imagination to open your speech?

Putting your audience in a state of imagination can work extremely well to captivate them for the remainder of your talk.

It really helps to bring your audience in a certain mood that preps them for what’s about to come next. Speakers have used this with high effectiveness by transporting their audience into an imaginary land to help prove their point.

When Ric Elias opened his speech, the detail he used (3000 ft, sound of the engine going clack-clack-clack) made me feel that I too was in the plane. He was trying to make the audience experience what he was feeling – and, at least in my opinion, he did.

When using the imagination opening for speeches, the key is – detail. While we want the audience to wander into imagination, we want them to wander off to the image that we want to create for them. So, detail out your scenario if you’re going to use this technique.

Make your audience feel like they too are in the same circumstance as you were when you were in that particular situation.

2. Barack Obama

Opening: “You can’t say it, but you know it’s true.”

3. Seth MacFarlane

Opening: “There’s nowhere I would rather be on a day like this than around all this electoral equipment.” (It was raining)

How to use humour to open your speech?

When you use humour in a manner that suits your personality, it can set you up for a great speech. Why? Because getting a laugh in the first 30 seconds or so is a great way to quickly get the audience to like you.

And when they like you, they are much more likely to listen to and believe in your ideas.

Obama effortlessly uses his opening line to entice laughter among the audience. He brilliantly used the setting (the context of Trump becoming President) and said a line that completely matched his style of speaking.

Saying a joke without really saying a joke and getting people to laugh requires you to be completely comfortable in your own skin. And that’s not easy for many people (me being one of them).

If the joke doesn’t land as expected, it could lead to a rocky start.

Keep in mind the following when attempting to deliver a funny introduction:

  • Know your audience: Make sure your audience gets the context of the joke (if it’s an inside joke among the members you’re speaking to, that’s even better!). You can read this article we wrote where we give you tips on how you can actually get to know your audience better to ensure maximum impact with your speech openings
  • The joke should suit your natural personality. Don’t make it look forced or it won’t elicit the desired response
  • Test the opening out on a few people who match your real audience. Analyze their response and tweak the joke accordingly if necessary
  • Starting your speech with humour means your setting the tone of your speech. It would make sense to have a few more jokes sprinkled around the rest of the speech as well as the audience might be expecting the same from you

4. Mohammed Qahtani

Opening: Puts a cigarette on his lips, lights a lighter, stops just before lighting the cigarette. Looks at audience, “What?”

5. Darren Tay

Opening: Puts a white pair of briefs over his pants.

How to use props to begin your speech?

The reason props work so well in a talk is because in most cases the audience is not expecting anything more than just talking. So when a speaker pulls out an object that is unusual, everyone’s attention goes right to it.

It makes you wonder why that prop is being used in this particular speech.

The key word here is unusual . To grip the audience’s attention at the beginning of the speech, the prop being used should be something that the audience would never expect. Otherwise, it just becomes something that is common. And common = boring!

What Mohammed Qahtani and Darren Tay did superbly well in their talks was that they used props that nobody expected them to.

By pulling out a cigarette and lighter or a white pair of underwear, the audience can’t help but be gripped by what the speaker is about to do next. And that makes for a powerful speech opening.

6. Simon Sinek

Opening: “How do you explain when things don’t go as we assume? Or better, how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all of the assumptions?”

7. Julian Treasure

Opening: “The human voice. It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world. Probably the only one that can start a war or say “I love you.” And yet many people have the experience that when they speak people don’t listen to them. Why is that? How can we speak powerfully to make change in the world?”

How to use questions to open a speech?

I use this method often. Starting off with a question is the simplest way to start your speech in a manner that immediately engages the audience.

But we should keep our questions compelling as opposed to something that is fairly obvious.

I’ve heard many speakers start their speeches with questions like “How many of us want to be successful?”

No one is going to say ‘no’ to that and frankly, I just feel silly raising my hand at such questions.

Simon Sinek and Jullian Treasure used questions in a manner that really made the audience think and make them curious to find out what the answer to that question is.

What Jullian Treasure did even better was the use of a few statements which built up to his question. This made the question even more compelling and set the theme for what the rest of his talk would be about.

So think of what question you can ask in your speech that will:

  • Set the theme for the remainder of your speech
  • Not be something that is fairly obvious
  • Be compelling enough so that the audience will actually want to know what the answer to that question will be

8. Aaron Beverley

Opening: Long pause (after an absurdly long introduction of a 57-word speech title). “Be honest. You enjoyed that, didn’t you?”

How to use silence for speech openings?

The reason this speech opening stands out is because of the fact that the title itself is 57 words long. The audience was already hilariously intrigued by what was going to come next.

But what’s so gripping here is the way Aaron holds the crowd’s suspense by…doing nothing. For about 10 to 12 seconds he did nothing but stand and look at the audience. Everyone quietened down. He then broke this silence by a humorous remark that brought the audience laughing down again.

When going on to open your speech, besides focusing on building a killer opening sentence, how about just being silent?

It’s important to keep in mind that the point of having a strong opening is so that the audience’s attention is all on you and are intrigued enough to want to listen to the rest of your speech.

Silence is a great way to do that. When you get on the stage, just pause for a few seconds (about 3 to 5 seconds) and just look at the crowd. Let the audience and yourself settle in to the fact that the spotlight is now on you.

I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about starting the speech off with a pure pause that just makes the beginning so much more powerful. It adds credibility to you as a speaker as well, making you look more comfortable and confident on stage. 

If you want to know more about the power of pausing in public speaking , check out this post we wrote. It will give you a deeper insight into the importance of pausing and how you can harness it for your own speeches. You can also check out this video to know more about Pausing for Public Speaking:

9. Dan Pink

Opening: “I need to make a confession at the outset here. Little over 20 years ago, I did something that I regret. Something that I’m not particularly proud of. Something that in many ways I wish no one would ever know but that here I feel kind of obliged to reveal.”

10. Kelly McGonigal

Opening: “I have a confession to make. But first I want you to make a little confession to me.”

How to use a build-up to open your speech?

When there are so many amazing ways to start a speech and grip an audience from the outset, why would you ever choose to begin your speech with a ‘Good morning?’.

That’s what I love about build-ups. They set the mood for something awesome that’s about to come in that the audience will feel like they just have to know about.

Instead of starting a speech as it is, see if you can add some build-up to your beginning itself. For instance, in Kelly McGonigal’s speech, she could have started off with the question of stress itself (which she eventually moves on to in her speech). It’s not a bad way to start the speech.

But by adding the statement of “I have a confession to make” and then not revealing the confession for a little bit, the audience is gripped to know what she’s about to do next and find out what indeed is her confession.

11. Tim Urban

Opening: “So in college, I was a government major. Which means that I had to write a lot of papers. Now when a normal student writes a paper, they might spread the work out a little like this.”

12. Scott Dinsmore

Opening: “8 years ago, I got the worst career advice of my life.”

How to use storytelling as a speech opening?

“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller.” Steve Jobs

Storytelling is the foundation of good speeches. Starting your speech with a story is a great way to grip the audience’s attention. It makes them yearn to want to know how the rest of the story is going to pan out.

Tim Urban starts off his speech with a story dating back to his college days. His use of slides is masterful and something we all can learn from. But while his story sounds simple, it does the job of intriguing the audience to want to know more.

As soon as I heard the opening lines, I thought to myself “If normal students write their paper in a certain manner, how does Tim write his papers?”

Combine such a simple yet intriguing opening with comedic slides, and you’ve got yourself a pretty gripping speech.

Scott Dismore’s statement has a similar impact. However, just a side note, Scott Dismore actually started his speech with “Wow, what an honour.”

I would advise to not start your talk with something such as that. It’s way too common and does not do the job an opening must, which is to grip your audience and set the tone for what’s coming.

13. Larry Smith

Opening: “I want to discuss with you this afternoon why you’re going to fail to have a great career.”

14. Jane McGonigal

Opening: “You will live 7.5 minutes longer than you would have otherwise, just because you watched this talk.”

How to use provocative statements to start your speech?

Making a provocative statement creates a keen desire among the audience to want to know more about what you have to say. It immediately brings everyone into attention.

Larry Smith did just that by making his opening statement surprising, lightly humorous, and above all – fearful. These elements lead to an opening statement which creates so much curiosity among the audience that they need to know how your speech pans out.

This one time, I remember seeing a speaker start a speech with, “Last week, my best friend committed suicide.” The entire crowd was gripped. Everyone could feel the tension in the room.

They were just waiting for the speaker to continue to know where this speech will go.

That’s what a hard-hitting statement does, it intrigues your audience so much that they can’t wait to hear more! Just a tip, if you do start off with a provocative, hard-hitting statement, make sure you pause for a moment after saying it.

Silence after an impactful statement will allow your message to really sink in with the audience.

Related article: 5 Ways to Grab Your Audience’s Attention When You’re Losing it!

15. Ramona J Smith

Opening: In a boxing stance, “Life would sometimes feel like a fight. The punches, jabs and hooks will come in the form of challenges, obstacles and failures. Yet if you stay in the ring and learn from those past fights, at the end of each round, you’ll be still standing.”

How to use your full body to grip the audience at the beginning of your speech?

In a talk, the audience is expecting you to do just that – talk. But when you enter the stage and start putting your full body into use in a way that the audience does not expect, it grabs their attention.

Body language is critical when it comes to public speaking. Hand gestures, stage movement, facial expressions are all things that need to be paid attention to while you’re speaking on stage. But that’s not I’m talking about here.

Here, I’m referring to a unique use of the body that grips the audience, like how Ramona did. By using her body to get into a boxing stance, imitating punches, jabs and hooks with her arms while talking – that’s what got the audience’s attention.

The reason I say this is so powerful is because if you take Ramona’s speech and remove the body usage from her opening, the entire magic of the opening falls flat.

While the content is definitely strong, without those movements, she would not have captured the audience’s attention as beautifully as she did with the use of her body.

So if you have a speech opening that seems slightly dull, see if you can add some body movement to it.

If your speech starts with a story of someone running, actually act out the running. If your speech starts with a story of someone reading, actually act out the reading.

It will make your speech opening that much more impactful.

Related article: 5 Body Language Tips to Command the Stage

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Final Words

So there it is! 15 speech openings from some of my favourite speeches. Hopefully, these will act as a guide for you to create your own opening which is super impactful and sets you off on the path to becoming a powerful public speaker!

But remember, while a speech opening is super important, it’s just part of an overall structure.

If you’re serious about not just creating a great speech opening but to improve your public speaking at an overall level, I would highly recommend you to check out this course: Acumen Presents: Chris Anderson on Public Speaking on Udemy. Not only does it have specific lectures on starting and ending a speech, but it also offers an in-depth guide into all the nuances of public speaking. 

Being the founder of TED Talks, Chris Anderson provides numerous examples of the best TED speakers to give us a very practical way of overcoming stage fear and delivering a speech that people will remember. His course has helped me personally and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to learn public speaking. 

No one is ever “done” learning public speaking. It’s a continuous process and you can always get better. Keep learning, keep conquering and keep being awesome!

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How To Make a Good Speech: (Top 21 Public Speaking Tips)

Today you’re going to learn how to make a good speech.

The biggest fear that many people face is not getting fired from a job, jumping off a bridge, or taking a final exam_- it is public speaking. Almost everyone has a fear of public speaking.

They fear they will not be able to deliver the goods when they get up behind the podium or when the spotlight shines on them.

Anyone can learn how to give a good speech by preparing and practicing in advance.

A person usually spends 1 hour of preparation for each minutes they intend to speak. For a speech that last ten minute, a person should practice ten hours.

Therefore, to give a speech, a person must start immediately, to research the topic. Giving a great speech involves some simple steps.to help a person overcome anxiety and come across as an expert on their chosen topic.

People love to listen to people who are an expert, or appeared to be an expert on their chosen topic.

These tips can help you overcome your fear of public speaking.

How To Make a Good Speech:

1. prepare as soon as you can..

Making up a speech on the spot, or at the last minute is a fail speech. The person does not come on as an expert. People love listen to an expert because what they are saying is true and creditable.

By rehearsing ahead of time, you can also ensure your words fit the time allotted, and you will find solutions to those spots where you tongue stumbles.

Preparation does not have to take a lot of time, but the sooner begun, the better chance you have of giving your speech preparation the time it needs.

2. Choose Your Goal and Topic

You have a speech to give and the best way to give it is breaking the speech down into its elements. The first element is preparation or research, the next steps is to select a topic that is not to general, or too specific.

A topic of weight loss is to general. Losing 30 pound is 30 days is too specific. However, how to lose 30 pounds in 30 days through nutrition and exercise is just right.

People in the last example is given driving direction from point A to point B and are allow to enjoy the ride at the same time.

By choosing a topic that is not to general or special allows a speaker to become an expert. Again, expert in one chosen field allows a speaker to more creditable than a non-expert.

Therefore, prepare a speech by doing your research and sound like an expert, and choose a topic that is not to general or too specific for all types of audience. .

3. List Your Bullet Points

When you begin to write your speech you should focus on your topic, and make a list of the bullet points you want to cover.

Bullet point help you to focus on the topic without given the impression of reading. Anyone can read a speech, it take a special person to speak it.

People didn’t come to watch you to read a speech- they can do that themselves. People come to hear, feel, and live your speech.

Once you have a list of topics, consider places you can insert an anecdote, example, or even a joke to help make your point. People love stories and the more stories you tell, the more engaged your audience is likely to be.

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4. Do not Memorize, but Do Write the Speech

For most people, it won’t sound natural if you memorize your speech word for word, However, memorizing a speech word for word appears to monotone, or lifeless.

To write out speech in full, helps the speaker make sure the speaker covers everything she want to say and fits the timetable.

If you will have a power point presentation, you will have the advantage of notes that guide you through your speech. Do not put every word on the screen.

People come to see you in person so they can get more than they would simply reading your text. Better to alternate slides of emphasized information with images that entertain and engage.

Make your notes on index cards if you will not have a projector for your presentation( 1 ).

5. Engage the Audience

One of the key parts of giving a speech is engaging with the audience.

During your presentation, make an effort to look at audience members and talk directly to them.

Even if you are giving a presentation to a large audience, you can still integrate phrases and questions that will make audience members feels as if they are part of the process of communication.

Frequently, speeches and presentations are given with the purpose of evoking a specific response or action from audience members.

If may be that you are giving a sales presentation and are promoting a product you want them to buy.

It may be that you want them to become involved in a particular cause or group. As part of your speech writing process, you should have a summary and call to action at the end of your speech.

One of the ways to continue your message even after you have finished and completed delivering your speech is to continue contact with audience members.

You can accomplish this with programs such as Present Now. This kind of program can allow you to continue communication with your audience by sending out emails and following up on leads that may be generated through audience participation.

6. Putting Emotion into Your Speech

You have to believe in the emotion you are presenting. If you are trying to be funny, then you have to believe the topic and information is funny.

If you are trying to rally people to act on something, then you need to believe in the cause and deliver the words with passion.

A speech should be written using your normal speaking style to be effective. When you write down the words in your speech, do not be afraid to write them exactly as you would say them.

It will help you to craft a memorable speech and it will also help you to maintain the flow of the speech while you are giving it.

When you are writing a speech, you should be able to say it out loud and have it sound natural.

If your tendency is to use terse emotion to get an important point across, then say the words tersely and make any changes that will help you to deliver the emotion properly.

A well-written speech will remind you of the emotions you felt while creating it and allow you to re-create those emotions when you are delivering it.

7. Use Humor

One of the most effective public speaking tips is the use of humor. In the majority of cases, a funny anecdote or appropriate, non-offensive joke is acceptable.

Laughing breaks the ice between the speaker and the audience. It is also a way to add interest to dull topics and create rapport with listeners.

Mild self-effacing jokes or humorous anecdotes about the speaker’s own life are the least likely to offend anyone.

They let the audience know that you do not take yourself too seriously and add a fresh spin to a speech.

Speakers should relax and pretend as if they are entertaining guests in their own home. Make jokes that are related to the topic that is being discussed.

If you hear a light-hearted joke that pertains to your topic, it can be helpful to write it down and rehearse it later.

This will allow you to ease it into a presentation and make the delivery seem natural. Remember timing is key. Distribute eye contact evenly throughout the audience and fully commit to the joke.

If it doesn’t elicit any laughs continue with the presentation as planned and don’t panic.

Always use humor sparingly. It is much more appropriate to be mildly amusing then having audience members rolling in the aisles with laughter.

Humor is perfect for engaging listeners when used in moderation, yet too much humor can distract them from the topic at hand.

8. Think about what you want the audience to remember

As you go through your outline and start crafting your speech, you will want to keep in mind the information that you want your audience to remember.

There are statements that set mood and statements that make an impact. The audience will rarely remember the statements that set the mood, but they will remember the statements that make an impact.

Statements that set a mood are things like a joke you tell to open the speech to create levity, or an emphasis you make on a certain phrase to create the feeling of urgency.

These ancillary statements are incredibly important to creating the vehicle for delivering your message, but it is the message that will be remembered.

9. Shaping the speech towards your audience

Great speeches do not have to repeat important information to make it effective.

The important information stands on its own and becomes the focus of the speech. As you write your speech, you need to use deliberate ways to set up the delivery of important information.

For example, write in a pause in your speech after a joke to make sure that everyone hears the important statement you are about to make.

The most difficult thing about speech writing is making sure that you emphasize the important information while maintaining the audience€™s interest.

This is where speech revisions become very important. If you have to point out to your test audience where the important information is in your speech, then you need to rewrite the speech to separate the important points from the points used to set mood or tone.

Once you see a reaction from your test audience when you deliver the important points, you will know that you have written a truly great speech.

10. Capture the attention of your audience from the starting gate

Perhaps the most important part of your speech is the opening introduction.

The proverbial saying, “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression,” strongly applies when delivering a successful speech. You have only a few minutes to grab your audience’s attention before they decide if they will be tuning in or turning out of your speech.

Engage the audience early on by sharing an intriguing fact, amazing statistic, or funny line.

11. Make it personal

Try to connect with the audience on a personal level. Sharing a relevant story or experience brings meaning to your message and makes you more relatable and human.

The audience will walk away remembering an intriguing personal story more than just a bunch of facts.

Remember, people are more interest about things about them, or form them. Nobody care about information that doesn’t apply to someone else.

Would you be interested in how someone else became rich, or how someone else became rich, and you can applied the same skills to become rich in your own life.

12. Look them in the Eye

Making eye contact with your audience is extremely important. It lets them feel like you are talking directly to them and that they are included in the discussion.

Eye contact shows your audience you are open, trustworthy and confident about what you are saying. For a small group, making eye contact with everyone is easy.

For larger audiences, divide the room into sections and select a few people to make eye contact with from each section.

13. Work the Pause

Do not worry if you have to pause for a moment from time to time. You may need to catch your breath or regain your train of thought.

Further, pauses can create thought provoking statement that can apply a person to take action in their own life.

Pauses sound much longer for the speaker than they do for the listeners. In fact, one common mistake of beginning speakers is speaking too fast. Take time to breathe between paragraphs. Pause and let your point sink in.

14. Practice, Practice, Practice

Rehearse your speech all the way through and time it with a stopwatch. If you are far off your target time, adjust by adding and subtracting stories or detail.

When you have to cut the length of your speech consider whether there is a section you can excerpt and offer separate from your speech.

Maybe you had planned to explain the history of your craft in your speech, but you find you will not have time to do more than cover five top tips for success in the field.

You can offer the historical information in a hand out after your speech or send it along in a pdf for those who sign up to your email list.

When practicing your speech, note the places where you stumble, so you can practice those passages to make them smoother. Double check pronunciations on any words that you do not commonly use

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15. Step Away from the Podium

Podium is not a life jacket. The podium is not going to save you from the tomato being thrown at you.

Stepping away from podium will deflect the tomato because the audience wants to see you- all of you .Around 55% of your speech is your body language.

Thus, people want to see what your body tell about your speech. If you not an expert on your topic, or appear to be- it will show.

If you can visit the place where you will speak ahead of time, take advantage of the opportunity to see how much room you will have to move to around. Moving around make you relax and brings the audience closer to you.

16. Use Relaxation Techniques to Prevent Stage Fright

The prospect of facing a crowd excites our “fight or flight” response. This can lead to increased pulse rate and shallow breathing. If left unchecked, it can get much worse.

You can use breathing techniques to control your body’s response to your fear of public speaking.

As the time for your speech approaches, practice taking slow, deep breaths to calm your nerves. Focus on a soothing thought or image to stop your thoughts from racing.

If you can relax your body in the moments leading up to your presentation, and you have prepared your speech in advance, you should find you gain momentum once you start speaking.

17. Extending the Connection

At the end of your speech, you may want to continue the dialogue with your audience. When speaking to a crowd of people who are not already members of your organization, you can capture your listeners’ emails, so you can extend the relationship beyond this one

18. Arrive at Speaking Engagements Early

Standing up in an unfamiliar place in front of strangers can be nerve wracking. Arrive at the location of the speaking engagement early and walk around the room, stand at the podium or on the stage, and familiarize yourself with the layout of the room.

This will allow you to feel more comfortable in the space. Be sure to practice using the microphone and do a run-through of any visual aids that will be used. Familiarity breeds confidence which will make the speech go much smoother.

In addition, arriving early allows you to greet audience members as they enter. Take a moment or two to look them in the eye, introduce yourself, and get a feel for them.

Knowing the audience enables you to find a tone and style of delivery that suits the listeners. It is much easier to speak in front of people that you have met instead of complete strangers.

When you introduce yourself you are also creating a connection with members of the audience. You will be more memorable, making keeping in touch with audience members ( 2 ), much more effective.

Maintaining communication before and after a speech is a powerful tool for marketing.

19. Relax and Focus

Try using deep breathing or listening to relaxing music prior to public speaking. When a speaker is relaxed they are less likely to stumble or forget parts of the speech.

It is also easier to keep the audience’s attention and allow them to soak up the information if you sound natural and authoritative. When you reach the podium it is best to take a deep breath, wait a few seconds, and then address the crowd.

This gives you time to calm your nerves and gather your thoughts.

Visualizing the speech going well and receiving a positive response from the audience is a confidence building technique that can be used shortly before speaking. Confidence is key in relaying a message to others.

If you make a mistake or have a moment of nervousness in the speech, you shouldn’t apologize to the audience. Instead, carry on as seamlessly as possible.

It is more than likely that no one noticed an error. By focusing on the content of the speech and the audience, this takes mental energy and focus away from one’s own anxieties.

Drawing attention outward can help improve concentration and alleviate uncertainty.

20. Educate Yourself on the Topic

Again, even if you are delivering a speech containing material that you are familiar with, it is still beneficial to conduct research when writing the content.

Get to know the topic inside and out. Know more than what you include in the presentation.

By having thorough knowledge of a topic you will be able to answer questions and even throw in information if you lose your place or make a mistake.

Knowing your material will bolster your confidence. If you feel like an authority on a topic, you will sound like an authority on a topic.

When a speaker is knowledgeable the audience trusts the information they are receiving and is more likely to be persuaded by your ideas and arguments.

When using public speaking as a marketing tool, it is crucial to be well-versed on the subject. An audience wants authenticity, compelling facts and figures, and new, fresh information.

21. Follow-Up

Businesses and individuals who will be using a public speaking engagement as a form of marketing want to remain in the forefront of the audience’s mind.

Following up with an e-mail and cultivating an e-mail list of audience members will help you reinforce your message. Maintaining a relationship with your audience after the speech creates the necessary connections to drive business or promote yourself.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to make a good speech .

I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.

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3. Organize Your Speech Carefully

The format of your speech is as important as its content! Try to divide your speech into separate parts. Your speech should move smoothly from one part to another. This will captivate your audience and keep their attention! You may also consider creating an outline for this purpose.

List of Good Persuasive Speech Topics

In this blog, we combined a long list of persuasive speech topics divided into categories. Choose your topic carefully! After that, visit Decktopus 's website and create the best presentation for your speech! 

Persuasive Speech Topics about Arts, Humanities and Culture

  • Should tattoos still be considered “unprofessional”?
  • Importance of performing arts for holistic development 
  • Graffiti: Art or Nuisance 
  • Importance of art and culture 
  • Museums are the dying reservoir of arts and culture 
  • Entry to museums should be free 
  • The slow death of ancient art forms 
  • Modern art lacks authenticity
  • Is it ethical for museums to keep indigenous artifacts?
  • Should digital designs be considered an art form? 
  • Should abstract art be considered an art form?
  • Should graffiti be considered art?
  • Should all national museums be free to citizens?
  • Should an artist comply with the rules set by society while working on a project?
  • Funding the Arts: Investing in Creativity as a Public Good
  • Art Censorship: Where Should We Draw the Line?
  • The Role of Public Art in Community Engagement

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Best Literature and Movies Persuasive Speech Topics

  • Should offensive language be censored from classic literary works?
  • Should we keep reading classic literature that is offensive? 
  • Can a movie persuade you with something you don’t believe in?
  • Is creating films and documentaries about criminals glorifying them and inspiring some to become criminals themselves?
  • Should there be a distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ literature?
  • Are libraries becoming obsolete?
  • Do romantic movies and books glorify an unrealistic idea of love and lead to heartbreak?
  • Books are the only source of learning 
  • Who is a hero? What are the “heroic” qualities?
  • Living underwater: A reality or science fiction?

Psychology and Mental Health Persuasive Speech Topics

  • Is music therapy effective?
  • Does watching TV shows or movies about teenage suicide encourage it or prevent it?
  • Simple ways to overcome stress.
  • Should art and music therapy be covered by health insurance?
  • Should art and music therapy be prioritized over traditional talk therapy?
  • How can writing a journal help you become a better person?
  • Does watching reality television affect people’s mental health?
  • Can action movies cause unwanted stress?
  • Reality shows affect people’s mental health.
  • Reading inspirational and humorous quotes improves your mood
  • Can child abuse and traumas lead to future mental disorders?
  • Can family history make children more prone to stress and anxiety?
  • Personality disorders among teens. Are they easy to identify?
  • How our differences make us unique
  • Is empathy better for our social relationships?
  • Learning from your mistakes
  • Social media affects people’s self-image and self-confidence
  • Phobias of children, teens, and adults. What are the similarities and differences?
  • When is it right to give children medications to overcome mental issues?
  • Suicide among teenagers. Is the media affecting it?
  • Studying psychology stresses students.
  • Peer pressure is the cause of a lot of mental problems during the teenage years.
  • The Necessity of Mental Health Education in High Schools
  • Workplace Mental Health: Employer Responsibilities
  • Social Media's Role in Adolescent Mental Health
  • De-stigmatizing Mental Health in Sports Culture
  • Mental Health First Aid: As Crucial as Physical First Aid?
  • The Impact of Sleep on College Students' Mental Health
  • Access to Mental Health Services for the Homeless
  • The Correlation Between Creativity and Mental Health
  • Mental Health Screenings as a Standard in Annual Physicals
  • The Role of Nutrition in Mental Well-being

Motivation and Self-Growth

  • Following dreams is hard 
  • Goal setting is important for success 
  • Overcoming stage fright is crucial for success 
  • Importance of creating a positive vibe 
  • Sustainable living is a source of motivation 
  • Happiness can be measured 
  • Personal experience is more important than rote learning 
  • Exposure to violence leads to demotivation 
  • Video games increase motivation 

Persuasive Speech Topics about Travel

  • Airline tickets should be cheaper 
  • Travel brings new experiences 
  • Travel makes you more inclusive 
  • Eco-tourism is important for sustainable development 
  • Flying first class is a once-in-a-lifetime experience 
  • Traveling in a guided group is monotonous 
  • Traveling and studying abroad are positive experiences.
  • Solo travel allows the best way to self-exploration 
  • Antarctica should not be open to tourists 
  • Environmentally endangered sites should not allow tourism 
  • Tourism boosts the local economy

School Policies and Education System 

  • Should schools place greater emphasis on the arts programs?
  • Should all schools have mandatory art or music courses in their curriculum?
  • Schools should host annual arts festivals 
  • Should performing arts be made credit-based?
  • Should art be a compulsory discipline? 
  • Should art classes be mandatory for all students?
  • Should all students be required to learn an instrument in school?
  • Should classes about mental health and wellness be added to the school curriculum?
  • At what age or grade should sex education be taught in schools?
  • Should school funding be dependent on taxes of district residents, or should all schools receive an equal amount of funding from the state?
  • What are the benefits of year-round schools?
  • Are charter schools hurting or helping low-income communities?
  • Is homeschooling beneficial or harmful to children?
  • Should students on the Autism spectrum be integrated into regular classrooms?
  • What should be the qualifications for books to be banned from schools?
  • Are grades an accurate representation of learning?
  • Should we switch to the metric system?
  • What are the benefits of making preschool free to all families?
  • Is forcing students to say the Pledge a violation of their right to freedom of speech?
  • Should we ban certain books from school libraries?
  • Should we remove historical figures who owned slaves and support slavery from school textbooks and other educational materials?
  • The Importance of Cultural Exchange Programs in Education
  • Should bullies in schools be expelled?
  • Should students be allowed to listen to music during study hall?
  • Should all elementary schools be required to teach a foreign language?
  • Should schools include meditation or relaxation breaks during the day?
  • Should boys and girls be taught in separate classrooms?
  • Should grades in gym class have an effect on a student’s GPA?
  • Should teachers get a bonus when their students score well on standardized tests?
  • Should children of undocumented immigrants be allowed to attend public schools?
  • Should elementary schools teach at least one foreign language?
  • Should schools still teach cursive handwriting?
  • What are the best ways for schools to stop bullying?
  • Should post-secondary education be free?
  • Should programming and coding be introduced to young students?
  • Should school lunches be free?
  • Does the education system prepare students for adult life?
  • Should gyms be mandatory for all students?
  • Do schools need to do a better job of teaching students a second language?
  • Should schools teach sign language?
  • What age should students be taught sex ed?
  • Should distant learning be encouraged or avoided at all costs?
  • Should schools have longer recess time?
  • Should schools make swimming lessons mandatory?
  • Proper research is needed to write a short essay.
  • High-school and middle-school students should be trained to do presentations.
  • Improving students’ presentation skills
  • Should uniforms be obligatory in schools?
  • Should there be separate classrooms for boys and girls?
  • Students sent to boarding schools: A responsibility and a risk
  • Does homework fulfill its purpose, or is it just a burden for students?
  • The positive possible effect of spending a year as an exchange student
  • Cell phones shouldn’t be allowed in schools
  • Taking a year off school. Can it help you?
  • Hilarious games in the class can help shy students get along with others
  • A student’s grade: Is it a fair method of evaluation?

High Schools

  • Should school districts offer bilingual education programs for non-native speakers?
  • Should schools do away with their physical education requirements?
  • Would trade schools and other forms of vocational training benefit a greater number of students than traditional institutions of higher education?
  • Should taking a year off between high school and college be mandatory?
  • Should high schools mandate a certain number of volunteer hours for students?
  • Should schools incorporate a remote learning option into their curriculum?
  • What is the most important book every high school student in America should read?
  • What are the benefits of teaching art and music classes in high school?
  • How can sex education be taught more effectively?
  • Should advanced math classes in high school be replaced with more practical courses on financial literacy and understanding taxes?
  • The importance of volunteering in your community 
  • The benefits of implementing mindfulness exercises in schools 
  • Why high school students should learn financial literacy 
  • Should school uniforms be mandatory in all high schools?
  • The need for comprehensive sex education in schools 
  • Extracurriculars are a waste of time 
  • The importance of promoting mental health awareness among teenagers
  • Is there any benefit or relevance to teaching Shakespeare to high school students?
  • Is it fair to take cell phones away from kids in middle/high school while they are in class?
  • Should schools prohibit the use of cell phones on school grounds?
  • Should independent learning be offered as a larger option in high school?

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College and Career

  • Should the cost of college be reduced?
  • Are income-share agreements better for students than taking out student loans?
  • Should college athletes be paid like professional athletes are?
  • Are same-sex colleges beneficial or antiquated?
  • Should everyone go to college?
  • What are the benefits of taking a gap year before starting college?
  • Would removing tenure and job protection from professors improve or reduce the quality of higher education?
  • Has the traditional college model become outdated in the age of the Internet?
  • Should you pursue a career based on your passions or a career based on earning potential?
  • Should colleges use standardized testing in their admissions processes?
  • The advantages of studying abroad during college 
  • The impact of technology on higher education 
  • The benefits of participating in internships during college 
  • Why college students should engage in extracurricular activities 
  • The importance of developing critical thinking skills in college
  • Should Greek life at colleges be abolished?
  • Do frats and sororities actually serve their purpose? 
  • Is college/university necessary anymore?
  • Computer-based learning is the most effective. 
  • Gamification and virtual reality are the future of education 
  • MCQs are better than essay tests 
  • Only main papers should be considered for grading 
  • Academics are the only criteria for individual success 
  • Rote learning is the best way to get good grades 
  • Conceptual clarity beats rote learning 

Good Persuasive Speech Topics about Music

  • Why guitar music is superior to everything else
  • Metal is modern classical music, and you don’t know it
  • Why music makes everything we do easier
  • Music is becoming more repetitive, here’s how
  • Is modern music really worse than older music?
  • Are biographical movies of deceased musicians and artists ethical?
  • Digital music should be free to download and listen
  • Song lyrics affect our lives in a number of ways
  • Should online music be free of charge?
  • Lyrics in a song can impact our lives.

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Persuasive Speech Topics about the Fashion Industry

  • Pop fashion is getting influenced more and more by alternative subcultures
  • Clothes don’t define a person, but they help people look at you differently
  • How fashion trends differ from one culture to another
  • You can’t buy fashion taste no matter how rich you are
  • Why are women the leaders in the fashion industry?
  • Men shouldn’t wear pink. 
  • Eco-fashion is the future. 
  • Fashion reveals the true identity 
  • Sustainable clothing is the way to go 
  • Clothes define a person 
  • Jewelry defines your worth 
  • Fashion is an important part of society 
  • Certain fashion brands have a negative influence on society 
  • The fashion industry has the greatest influence on teenagers 
  • Celebrity-endorsed fashion brands are the best
  • Why are skinny jeans for men even a thing?

Government Politics and Society

  • Should voting become mandatory?
  • The world needs younger politicians, not 70-year-olds
  • What could politicians do to appeal to younger generations of voters?
  • Should prisoners have the right to vote?
  • Would it be better in the U.S. if elected politicians were younger?
  • Should the police use rubber bullets instead of real bullets?
  • Are private, for-profit prisons a threat to prisoners’ rights?
  • Should U.S. military funding be increased or decreased? 
  • Should there be stricter or looser restrictions to qualify for welfare assistance?
  • Is our current two-party political system good enough or in need of replacing?
  • Should major corporations be eligible for tax breaks?
  • How can the current policy on undocumented immigrants in America be improved?
  • Should it be illegal for politicians to receive donations from large corporations?
  • Should undocumented immigrants have the same employment and education opportunities as citizens?
  • Should there be a penalty for people who don’t vote?
  • Should everyone be paid a living wage regardless of their employment status?
  • Should supremacist groups be able to hold public events?
  • Should guns be allowed in public places?
  • Should prisoners be allowed to vote?
  • Should the government raise or lower the retirement age?
  • Can the government promote non-college education for a higher income?
  • The problem of spending on biological weapons
  • Is the government really taking the right steps to eliminate cultural sensitivity?
  • To vote or not to vote: A question asked by a lot of people
  • Obesity in children is related to living a fast-paced life. What is the role of the government?
  • Getting a driving license: Is one test per lifetime enough?
  • Should smokers pay a health tax?
  • Is the government spending too much on the military sector?
  • Should the government run a campaign to promote cultural diversity and tolerance?
  • Should the government be able to control the population?

Persuasive Speech Topics about Ethics

  • Is the death penalty ethical?
  • Juvenile delinquency is acceptable. 
  • Prostitution should be legal. 
  • Underage driving should be punishable by law 
  • Beauty pageants for children should be banned 
  • Prisoner’s right to vote 
  • Doctor-assisted suicide should be legal.
  • Should we legalize euthanasia?
  • Is it ethical to use animals for medical research?
  • Is it ethical to allow access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients?
  • Should we allow genetic engineering in humans?
  • Is the death penalty obsolete?
  • Should we allow the cloning of humans?
  • Is wearing fur unethical?
  • Should prostitution be legalized?
  • What is the solution for the mistreatment of farm and circus animals?
  • Should guns be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should terminally ill individuals have access to Euthanasia?
  • Should people be required to shovel snow from the sidewalks in front of their houses?
  • Should product testing on animals be required?
  • Should white supremacist groups be allowed to hold rallies in public places?
  • Should ethics be taught as a mandatory high school class?
  • Should beauty pageants for children be banned?
  • Do parents deceive children by telling them about Santa Claus?
  • Is it ethical to allow performance-enhancing drugs in sports?
  • Voting rights should not be universal 
  • Guns should be banned from college campuses 
  • The death penalty should be abolished 
  • Substance abuse is a cause of social evils 
  • Underage alcohol consumption should lead to prison time
  • Creating clones of ourselves to serve as organ donors: ethical or not?
  • Is it ethical to engineer humans to be better and more optimized than nature intended?
  • Is it ethical to create artificial life forms that are capable of complex emotions?
  • Racism will always exist no matter how hard we try

Social Issues

  • College education: should the government make it free for all?
  • Should we provide free healthcare for undocumented immigrants?
  • Is physician-assisted suicide morally justifiable?
  • Does social media have a negative impact on democracy?
  • Does cancel culture impede free speech?
  • Does affirmative action help or hinder minority groups in the workplace?
  • Should we hold public figures and celebrities to a higher standard of morality?
  • Should all public restrooms be all-gender?
  • Should the national drinking age be lowered?
  • Should paparazzi be banned and unable to sell their photos?
  • Should tattoos be regarded as “professional dress” for work?

Social Media

  • Should social media platforms ban political ads?
  • Do the benefits of social media outweigh the downsides?
  • Should the government hold social media companies responsible for hate speech on their platforms?
  • Is social media making us more or less social?
  • Do platforms like TikTok exacerbate mental health issues in teens?
  • Should the government regulate social media to protect citizens’ privacy?
  • Is it right for parents to monitor their children’s social media accounts?
  • Should social media companies enact a minimum user age restriction?
  • Should we require social media companies to protect user data?
  • Should we hold social media companies responsible for cyberbullying?
  • Should schools ban the use of social media from their networks?
  • Media has a negative influence on teenagers 
  • Media influences political decisions 
  • The impact of social media on mental health and self-esteem 
  • The benefits of using social media for networking and professional development 
  • The importance of digital literacy and online safety education 
  • The role of social media in promoting social and political activism
  • The need to practice responsible social media usage 
  • Should there be an age limit on social media?
  • Should cyberbullying have the same repercussions as in-person bullying?
  • Are online relationships as valuable as in-person relationships?
  • Does “cancel culture” have a positive or negative impact on societies?
  • Are social media platforms reliable information or news sources?
  • Should social media be censored?
  • Does social media create an unrealistic standard of beauty?
  • Is regular social media usage damaging to real-life interactions?

Entertainment (TV Shows, Video Games, and More)

  • Reality shows are a source of exploitation 
  • Reality shows are anything but real 
  • Reality shows are scripted 
  • Reality shows dilute important topics of discussion
  • TV shows influence human behavior 
  • TV shows reflect the society around 
  • Reality shows reduce human IQ 
  • TV shows are a great source of motivation 
  • Are romcoms and erotica series like Fifty Shades of Grey empowering for women?
  • Is reading actually more beneficial than watching TV or playing video games?
  • Should video games be considered a high form of entertainment?
  • Do violent video games encourage players to become violent in real life?
  • Are paper books better than e-books?
  • Video games cause a lot of stress.
  • People who spend their time playing video games are more prone to depression.
  • Video games can enhance people’s brain and muscle coordination
  • Children who play video games have faster responses
  • How will gaming look ten years from now?
  • Virtual reality affects people’s perception.
  • Living without computers is impossible.
  • A video game can be the easiest way to teach kids.
  • Watching people playing video games is as fun as watching real sports like football matches.
  • Will playing video games cause behavior problems?
  • The gaming industry is affecting every aspect of our lives
  • Video games are not popular among kids only
  • Playing video games with random people online
  • Can video games improve problem-solving skills?

Environment and Conservation

  • Should fuel-run vehicles be banned?
  • How does it benefit nature to reduce human paper consumption?
  • What is the biggest current threat to the environment, and how would you suggest we remedy it?
  • Should disposable diapers be banned?
  • Environmental pollution is a global concern. 
  • Developed nations are to blame for global warming 
  • The greenhouse effect threatens human existence 
  • Limiting the use of natural resources and fossil fuels 
  • Should fracking be legal?
  • A complete switch to renewable energy is the way to go 
  • Using plastic is self-defeating 
  • Humans are to blame for environmental degradation 
  • What is the best type of renewable energy?
  • Should plastic bags be banned in grocery stores?
  • Carpooling can save the environment. 
  • Noise pollution is detrimental to human development 
  • More political and legal measures should be taken to protect the environment
  • Businesses have a serious obligation to protect the environment
  • There should be a strict policy against polluting the ocean
  • Should there be government policies against the use of disposable diapers?
  • Recycling paper is going to save our planet
  • Are we taking the right measures to get over the global warming issue?
  • The Case for a Four-Day Workweek to Reduce Carbon Emissions
  • Why Every Neighborhood Should Have a Community Garden
  • Banning Plastic Straws: Just the Tip of the Environmental Iceberg
  • The Impact of Fast Fashion on Our Planet
  • Should Public Transit Be Free to Combat Climate Change?
  • The Role of Personal Responsibility in Global Waste Reduction
  • The Environmental Cost of Cryptocurrency Mining
  • Can we ever live in a truly ‘green’ and environmentally friendly society?
  • Should water bottles be banned?
  • Are businesses responsible for implementing environmentally friendly production and products?
  • Should there be a carbon tax?
  • Should electric cars be mandatory in the near future?
  • Should we switch over to entirely renewable energy?
  • Do low-income families have the same duties to be eco-conscious as high-income families do? Should plastic bags and single-use plastic be completely banned?
  • Should car racing be banned?
  • Should fast fashion be banned?
  • Should offshore drilling be allowed in protected marine areas?

Conservation of Animals and Animal Rights

  • Should it be okay to own exotic animals as pets?
  • Should hunting be made illegal?
  • Keeping an animal away from its home will affect the environmental balance
  • Should animal testing be illegal?
  • Should people be allowed to own pit bulls?
  • Should people be allowed to own exotic animals like tigers and monkeys?
  • Should "animal selfies" in tourist locations with well-known animal species (like koalas and tigers) be allowed?
  • Should puppy mills be banned?
  • Should zoos and animal theme parks (such as SeaWorld) be closed?
  • There should be strict penalties to protect endangered species 
  • Urban Beekeeping: A Solution to Declining Bee Populations
  • What is better: Buying pets or Adoption?
  • Why is Elephant riding unethical?
  • Should there be a ban on animal testing?
  • Testing products on animals: is it ethical or not?
  • Is it right to keep animals in zoos?
  • Should we use products made with animal fur?
  • Euthanizing stray animals: is it ethical?
  • Can a companion or service animal change someone’s life?
  • Is it rational to be scared of harmless yet frightening or unusual animals?
  • Keeping wild and exotic pets away from their natural habitat. Is it ethical?
  • Should we spay pets to control their overpopulation?
  • Keeping uncommon animals at home. Is it good for them?
  • Ten ways we can help animals live better

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Great Persuasive Speech Topics about Family 

  • Should children have the right to virtual and physical privacy from their parents?
  • “It takes a village to raise a child.” How important is a community in raising children?
  • Should we require parents to vaccinate their children?
  • Should we require companies to give mandatory paternal and maternal leave?
  • Is it better for a young child to attend daycare or stay home with a parent?
  • Should children be told to believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy?
  • Should the government limit how many children a couple can have?
  • Is spanking children an acceptable form of discipline?
  • The benefits of family meals and regular family time 
  • The importance of open communication within families 
  • The impact of divorce on children and ways to support them 
  • The benefits of spending quality time with grandparents 
  • The role of parental involvement in a child’s education
  • Nature vs. nurture—which is the most powerful influence on a person’s character?
  • Should parents have to give approval in order for their minor children to receive birth control?
  • How does learning about family ancestors impact you in the present and future?
  • Should parents teach their kids about sex, or is it the responsibility of the school system?
  • What is the most beneficial parenting style, and why?
  • How to run a business with your family?
  • Should children and teens be worried more about their privacy or safety?
  • Can video games be used in educating children and teens?
  • Having an older/younger sibling. The perks and the challenges
  • Is internet censorship for kids a must?
  • Children will still read books if they are interesting enough
  • The Benefits of Family Game Night on Child Development
  • Should Parents Limit Screen Time or Control Content?
  • The Importance of Teaching Financial Literacy at Home
  • Family Meals: A Solution to Better Communication and Health
  • The Role of Grandparents in Modern Family Structures
  • Balancing Work and Family: A Modern Dilemma
  • Encouraging Children to Participate in Household Chores

Persuasive Speech Topics about Religion

  • Should cults receive protection under freedom of religion?
  • What are the benefits of belonging to a religious community?
  • Should parents force their children to go to church or let them decide for themselves?
  • Studying religion is a motivational act
  • Awesome stories about the ancient gods and goddesses
  • Should the religious slaughter of animals be banned?
  • How to overcome conflicts and arguments between people who believe in different religions?
  • Should the argument that God exists be discussed in a classroom?
  • Emotional stories from the Bible can help people renew their belief
  • New age spirituality: A fact or a myth
  • Current vs. ancient interpretations of the Bible
  • Children should be allowed to choose their religion
  • Should religious organizations be required to pay taxes?
  • Is atheism a problem of the 21st century?
  • Should religion be taught as a high school subject?
  • Should the Church of Scientology be exempt from paying taxes?
  • Should religious leaders be involved in politics?
  • Should priests be allowed to get married?
  • Should women be allowed to be priests?
  • Should public prayer be allowed in schools?
  • Should countries be allowed to only accept refugees with certain religious beliefs?
  • Should students sing Christmas carols, say the pledge of allegiance, or perform other tangentially religious activities?
  • Should nuns and priests become genderless roles?
  • Should schools and other public buildings have prayer rooms?
  • Should animal sacrifice be legal if it occurs in a religious context?
  • Should countries be allowed to impose a national religion on their citizens?
  • Should the church be separated from the state?
  • Does freedom of religion positively or negatively affect societies?

Science and Technology

  • Should we allow parents to choose their children’s physical attributes through genetic engineering?
  • Will robots reduce or increase human employment opportunities?
  • Does technology make kids lazy?
  • What age should children be allowed to have a cell phone?
  • Does electronic use make people less creative?
  • Is Net Neutrality a good thing or a bad thing?
  • Should human cloning be allowed?
  • Should self-driving cars be legal?
  • Should genetically modified foods be sold in grocery stores?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the sex of their unborn children?
  • Should vaccinations be required for students to attend public school?
  • Should the US government increase NASA's budget?
  • Should Pluto still be considered a planet?
  • Are search engines replacing libraries?
  • Should all new buildings be energy efficient?
  • What is the influence of technology on humanity’s future?
  • Should all workplaces offer hybrid/remote work?
  • Should we pursue Artificial Intelligence?
  • Should tech companies regulate the development of AI systems and automation to protect humans’ jobs?
  • Should we limit screen time for children?
  • Is it ethical for AI models like Dall-E to train themselves on artists’ work without the artists’ permission?
  • Should the government regulate the use of personal drones?
  • Is mass surveillance ethical? Does its threat to civil liberties outweigh its benefits?
  • Are virtual reality experiences a valuable educational tool?
  • Do the positive effects of powerful AI systems outweigh the risks?
  • Do voice assistants like Siri and Alexa invade individuals’ privacy?
  • Are cell phone bans in the classroom effective for improving student learning?
  • Does the use of facial recognition technology in public violate individuals’ privacy?
  • Do we need to put resources into traveling to space?
  • Should parents monitor their children’s online activity?
  • Is it okay for phones to use facial recognition and fingerprint technology?
  • Is technology actually addicting?
  • Can we blame technology for increased stress and anxiety?
  • Are security cameras and body cameras an invasion of privacy? 
  • Should the internet be surveilled or managed?
  • Should video game chats be surveilled or even banned?
  • Are machines replacing human labor? 
  • Should cloning be outlawed/banned?
  • Spending money to explore space is going to improve life for humans
  • The scientific world is changing way too fast
  • Which renewable energy option would the US do best to invest in?
  • Should the US prioritize space exploration over domestic initiatives?
  • Should companies with a high carbon footprint be punished?
  • Should the FDA ban GMOs?
  • Would the world be a safer place without nuclear weapons?
  • Does AI pose a greater threat to humanity than it does the potential for advancement?
  • Are electric cars really better for the environment?
  • Google is the death of libraries 
  •  Social media is an end of face-to-face conversations  
  • AI is the future of technology 
  • Technology is changing our lives 
  • Limiting screen time for adults 
  • The government should regulate internet usage 
  • Technology has made life better 
  • Internet chat rooms are not safe 
  • Humans are addicted to technology 
  • Internet fraud awareness: Must for cybersecurity 

Convincing Speech Topics for Business

  • The importance of people’s skills for the success of your business
  • Are introverts better entrepreneurs?
  • How can a mentor affect your success as an entrepreneur?
  • Understanding your position in the market. How can it affect your current and future business plan?
  • Social media is going to affect your marketing plan
  • Why should you go after your passion in business?
  • Starting a successful business with no money
  • The value of unorthodox business ideas
  • Using feedback from unhappy customers to enhance your sales
  • The importance of delegation
  • Employers ask for their employees’ social media accounts. Is it right or wrong?
  • Employers shouldn’t ask questions related to an employee’s personal life
  • Most businesses advertise the same way and lack boldness
  • Brilliant ways to make money in the 21st century

Ideas of Persuasive Speech Topics about Sports

  • Should colleges pay student-athletes?
  • Should we ban violent contact sports like boxing and MMA?
  • Should sports leagues require professional athletes to stand during the national anthem?
  • Should sports teams ban players like Kyrie Irving when they spread misinformation or hate speech?
  • Should high schools require their athletes to maintain a certain GPA?
  • Should the Olympic Committee allow transgender athletes to compete?
  • Should high schools ban football due to its safety risks to players?
  • Sports can boost learning effectiveness
  • Competitive sports teach us a lot about life
  • Why we should consider gamers as professional athletes
  • Reasons why women's sports don’t get that much attention
  • Football is a dangerous sport.
  • Why are sports so popular globally?
  • Why is soccer the most popular sport in the world?
  • Everyone likes sports; they just haven’t found the one they like
  • Physical training is objectively good for everyone
  • How performance-enhancing drugs are used in professional sports
  • Why are professional athletes paid so well
  • Is it ethical to sell/buy players in sports?
  • Are the Olympics still the most important sports event?
  • Studying martial arts is good for the mind and health.

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  • Using genetically modified foods is bad for our health
  • Using painkillers is not healthy
  • The power of crystal healing can improve our mental and physical health
  • Cancer is the most important disease that doctors should research now
  • How your diet can cause the onset of different health conditions
  • Using supplements should be controlled
  • Coming up with guidelines that control stem cell research
  • How can science be used to improve the lives of physically challenged individuals?
  • A migraine is usually overlooked at school or in the workplace
  • Alternative medication: The truth and the myths
  • Infertility in couples is related to stress and unhealthy lifestyles
  • Mental health issues affect the whole of society
  • The food industry is the reason behind obesity
  • Everyone should donate blood at least once a year
  • How to overcome back pain? Different treatment options
  • Using a mouthwash after brushing your teeth is essential for your dental health
  • Do cell phones affect our brains?
  • Non-smokers should be first on the organ transplant lists
  • Is biohacking good for your health?
  • Diet beverages do not actually make you lose weight
  • Using the right amount of salt in your food is going to affect your health
  • Keeping your immune system strong is a must
  • How to save lives: The answer is organ donation
  • Should minors be able to purchase birth control without their parent's consent?
  • Conventional vs organic produce: does it really make a difference in your health?
  • Should governments tax soda and other sugary drinks and use the revenue for public health?
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  • Should high schools provide free condoms to students?
  • Should massages be seen as necessities rather than luxuries?
  • Should hiding or lying about your HIV status with someone you're sleeping with be illegal?
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  • Would taxing fast food help combat obesity?
  • Should we ban all genetically modified foods?
  • What would be the benefits of making all birth control methods (e.g. condoms, the pill) free of charge?
  • Should homeopathic and alternative medical treatments be covered by health insurance?
  • Should we do away with the minimum wage? Why or why not?
  • Is it ethical for companies to use unpaid internships as a source of labor?
  • Does the gig economy benefit or harm workers?
  • Is capitalism the best economic system?
  • Is it ethical for companies to use sweatshops in developing countries?
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  • Should the government enact a universal base income?
  • Brexit will fuel the UK economy 
  • There should be no minimum wage 
  • Political unrest decelerates economic growth 
  • You need to start saving for retirement now.
  • Economics as a discipline must be mandatory 
  • The economic growth of China is a model to follow 
  • Free trade agreements are bad for labor 
  • The economy is defined by a few rich industrialists 
  • Foreign labor slows down the economy 
  • Import duty should be removed 
  • Exports boost economic growth

Funny and Easy Persuasive Speech Topics

  • Should we allow pets to run for public office?
  • Does pineapple belong on pizza?
  • Would students benefit from schools swapping out desks with more comfortable seating arrangements (i.e., bean bag chairs and couches)?
  • Is procrastination the key to success?
  • Should Americans adopt British accents to sound more intelligent?
  • The age-old dilemma: cats or dogs?
  • Should meme creators receive royalties when their memes go viral?
  • Is the movie ranking system an effective way to evaluate the appropriateness of films?
  • Should the government place a “health tax” on junk food?
  • Should parents let children choose their own names?
  • Should we adopt a universal language to communicate with people from all countries?
  • We are living better than ever, but we still complain
  • The prison system doesn’t create better humans
  • Being untidy doesn’t make you creative or special
  • We should have a royal family.
  • Bigfoot is real.
  • Bitcoin and other digital currencies are the future
  • Spending time with your grandparents
  • Texting while driving should be illegal
  • Using single-use plastic containers should be banned
  • School days should start later in the day
  • Immigration laws should be more lenient
  • Living with refugees from other countries
  • Students should be able to pick their schools
  • Should a student be allowed to skip school if they want to?
  • Paying more taxes: Is it a good or a bad thing?
  • Should human beings control the weather?
  • Blaming your younger sibling for the mess you made
  • Which music is your mind playing in the background during intense situations?
  • Just because we have opinions doesn’t mean they are valuable
  • Putting an Instagram filter on your selfie doesn’t make you a photographer
  • Why do stuff when you can play video games?
  • “Be a musician,” they said, but nobody came to my gig
  • Did you do something wrong? Blame it on your zodiac sign
  • I have plans for the weekend! sleep and watch movies
  • It's important to grow things in a garden.

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As a sales professional, you don’t have to coerce or pressure. Instead, you need to be a curious problem solver who uses your emotional intelligence to be of service. That begins with your sales pitch.

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What is a sales pitch, why are sales pitches important, what are the core elements of a sales pitch, what are the types of sales pitches, what are the do’s and don’ts of sales pitches.

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A sales pitch is a script or quick message that lets you share critical information about your product or service with a potential buyer. However, this doesn’t mean it’s all about you or your sale. A sales pitch should focus on your prospect and their needs. In other words, how your product solves their problems.

Think of your sales pitch as an invitation to take the next step, like scheduling a discovery call or setting up a demo. Each time you guide someone to the next step, the invitation will evolve with the course of your sales process . You may make several sales pitches before a final close, and each one will depend on what’s right for the prospect at each stage.

They help you hook the right customers — those who would benefit most from what you have to offer. The right customer will buy what you’re selling, use it, and be better for it. Why? Because you’re not just pitching a product, you’re pitching a solution.

A strong sales pitch also gives you the opportunity to listen, ask questions that showcase your experience helping similar prospects, and share information the prospect can’t find on their own.

Good sales pitches are helpful, specific, and unique. They lead prospects to a clear next step. Your energy and pitch intent are just as important as what you say, so a helpful attitude focused on your prospect’s best interest should guide you.

Successful sales pitches:

  • Use a unique, personalized opening. This will help you stand out from generic pitches and show the customer you’re focused on them.
  • Acknowledge your prospect’s pain points or goals. A sales pitch should always focus on your prospect and their needs first.
  • Include solutions backed by data. This gives your pitch more credibility and helps to build trust with your prospect.
  • Close with next steps. Set the stage for further conversation and a future relationship with your prospect.

There are many types of sales pitches, and they vary based on the steps of your sales process and channels used. You can also tailor your pitch for all types of settings, such as:

  • Trade shows
  • Networking events
  • Sales meetings
  • Over the phone
  • Social media
  • Live or recorded videos and webinars

According to Salesforce’s State of Sales Report , 34% of deals are closed with a combination of both virtual and in-person touchpoints, while 32% are closed using only virtual channels. It’s likely that you’ll have to lean on more than one channel or pitch technique to close a deal, so it’s important to think about what these touchpoints might look like. For example, if you pitch someone in person at a trade show, you might follow up with a phone call, then an email, and so forth until you reach a close.

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Depending on your product and industry, your full sales cycle may cover several types of pitches before the final close. No matter which stage you’re in or what channel you’re using, here are some proven guidelines for an effective sales pitch.

  • Focus on your prospect’s point of view. Don’t make it all about you. This will help you build a more authentic relationship with the client.
  • Be concise. Don’t ramble. Not only will this help you come off as confident and professional, but it shows that you are knowledgeable about your product/service.
  • Share who your customers are. Don’t keep secrets. Transparency is huge for building trust and credibility. If you’ve helped similar customers, share that with your client.
  • Relax and ask questions. Don’t be aggressive. No one likes a pushy salesperson. Instead, try to understand their point of view and offer ways to help.
  • Support your pitch with examples of success supported by visualizations. Don’t bog down presentations with words. An engaging pitch will hold your prospect’s attention and make it memorable.
  • Tell a story. Don’t speak in bullet points. The more you can draw your prospect in with a story they can relate to, the more impact it will have.
  • Use AI to streamline your sales pitch prep and follow-up. Don’t rely on outdated tools. Better tools will make you more efficient, help you stay organized, and keep you on track.

Sales-pitch examples for different scenarios and channels

Below are three good and two bad sales pitch examples. Many come from my own experience as a sales coach and business owner.

Good: Written note to a cold prospect

The message below could be sent via email, LinkedIn, or any other digital channel. In fact, it’s also the type of language you can use when meeting a potential customer at a networking event.

“I saw [prospect company’s] latest public update on [a project]. Based on the research we’ve compiled about [emerging customer preferences in your industry], I have an idea that could help you [solve your problem or reach a goal]. Would you like to connect to see if this could work for you? Let me know when you’re available for a 10-minute conversation so we can discuss more. In the meantime, I’d be happy to share a case study about how we [helped a similar client with a similar issue.]” 

This pitch works because:

  • It has a unique opening.
  • It’s specific to the prospect.
  • It includes a next step.

Good: Voice message sent via LinkedIn

One day, I logged into LinkedIn to see something novel in my inbox: a voice note that stood out among the written messages. I was intrigued and listened right away. Undeniably, hearing someone’s voice on a digital platform made it feel more personalized. This person used LinkedIn to their advantage intelligently; they connected with me without being pushy or going straight for the close. (You could use the script above to guide the content of your voice message.)

  • It stood out on a popular channel.
  • The message was personalized.
  • The pitch wasn’t all about the offering.

Good: Pre-recorded personal video

Every day, my team and I receive multiple pitches for the podcast I host. One still stands out to me after more than a year — a person who took the time to record a personal video. In it, he shared why he loved my podcast and pitched his boss as a guest. However, it wasn’t all flattery. What impressed me most was the level of research he did to customize his pitch to my show and its goals.

  • It built an immediate connection.
  • It was customized.
  • It suggested clear next steps.

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Bad: automated, group-blasted linkedin message.

“Hi. Did the last hire you made have you scrambling to put out fires? If the quality of your talent is lacking, we may have a solution for you. Our virtual assistants are vetted via testing and go through a rigorous assistance rotation with our managers and executives before they’re added to our roster. Take a look at our database and rates: [link].”

This pitch does not work because:

  • It’s not personal.
  • It relies too heavily on technology and not enough human connection.

Bad: In-person elevator pitch

“Hi, Ms. Archer. Sorry to bother you, but I wanted to share some information about the latest [version of your product offering.] We fixed issues that came to us as feedback from customers like you and added [new features.] Can we meet for lunch to discuss?”

This pitch will not work because:

  • It doesn’t focus on the prospect.
  • Its tone is “salesy” and superficial.
  • The next step is too aggressive for an initial in-person meeting.

How to craft your own sales pitch in 5 steps

Now that you know the key components of a great sales pitch, what to avoid, and how to use different channels to your advantage, it’s time to craft your own pitch.

1. Research clients to find opportunities to help

Above all, the best pitches are service-oriented. Personally, I like to read through client testimonials to remind me of how my offering has helped clients realize big improvements. Think of success as helping prospects address pain points and achieve goals.

2. Put yourself in your prospect’s shoes

Think about your prospect (or group of segmented prospects with similar profiles). Consider what’s likely on their mind. The goal here is to think from their point of view, not yours. What would make them pause in their busy day to take notice of your offer and its benefits to them?

3. Customize your message

Your pitch should be specific and, whenever possible, customized to each prospect. You’re more likely to see success with a highly personalized pitch than with a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t consider your prospect’s unique needs or goals.

4. Always provide a next step

At the end of your pitch, explain what the prospect can expect. This includes a next step if they agree your pitch is a great fit for them. Depending on where your prospect is in the sales cycle, each pitch will have a different goal or next step. This might be scheduling a product demo, reference call, or closing the deal .

5. Test and refine

Each time you pitch, you’ll learn more about what works and what doesn’t. Keep track of your results so you can evolve your process and improve the experience for your customers. Pay attention to the types of pitches that bring you the most success, and lean into your unique strengths as a sales rep to pitch more effectively.

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If you're having trouble understanding dialogue when watching movies or shows on TV, it might not be your hearing . It could be your TV settings or hardware that's making it hard to hear speech. Either way, there are some quick and easy fixes.

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If you're using a separate speaker or  soundbar , perhaps errant settings are to blame. One quick fix is  enabling subtitles on your TV , but if you want to have the set on in the background, then it's sound quality we need to rectify. Let's begin.

1. Check your TV's sound settings

Television speakers sound terrible out of the box, but most TVs have settings you can use to improve their audio a little. For example, a while back some friends called me to fix their own TV sound -- they said the dialogue was boomy and hard to understand. When I got there, I found the soundtrack was distorting at anything but the quietest levels. A look inside the settings uncovered why: Someone had created a weird custom mode that had the bass jacked all the way up.

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Fine-tuning your TV sound settings can make dialogue sound much more understandable.

Bass in particular is the enemy of understandable speech: It tends to hide the frequencies that help us decipher what people are saying. Rather than play with individual bass and treble controls, the easiest thing to do is to try the preset sound modes first. 

1 . Use your remote to access the TV's Settings menu, then look for a section called Audio , Sound or something similar.

2 . At the top of the menu, there should be a selection of presets such as Movie , User or Standard . 

3 . While watching a speech-heavy show or movie, cycle through the modes to see which ones sound best. 

If you're finding that the dialogue is mumbly, for example, try a Dialog , News or Speech Boost mode (or if you have an  Amazon Fire TV, try this setting ). If that's not available, Movie or Standard is the next-best option.

Also, disabling audio enhancements like Bass Boost or Surround , which often harm dialogue, or Night Mode  can help (or not). Every TV and every room sounds different, so it's worthwhile to experiment.

If your TV has an individual bass control, you can also try reducing the individual level like I did in the example above. Also, a little boost to treble may help improve intelligibility. Once you've got the audio as good as you can, simply exit the menu. Press "save" if the TV asks you to, but otherwise, you're all set.

2. Have a soundbar or speaker system? Try these tweaks

External speakers will sound better than what's built into your TV, but they may need a little tweaking to help with dialogue, too. Your speakers might be too close to the wall, for instance, or stuffed inside a cabinet. There could be other causes -- for example, if you find that people's lips are moving but speech isn't correlating, you may need  help with a lip-sync issue . 

Here are some common fixes for bad sound that don't cost a cent. First, simply pick the kind of system that you have:

As with TVs in step 1, try setting the soundbar to a speech-enhancing mode, Movie or Standard.

If your system has a subwoofer, it could be too loud compared with the rest of the system. While explosions are fun, they shouldn't be at the expense of a good story. If you have a separate bass or sub control, try turning it down. You can also try placing the sub in an optimal position with this guide .

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If you have tower or bookshelf speakers, try moving them away from the walls and corners, and then point or "toe" them in toward the middle where you sit. Removing speaker grilles will also boost speech by a small amount. These little changes alone won't be enough to transform Sly Stallone into Laurence Olivier, but they could be enough for you to discern what an actor is mumbling about.

The other thing to try is a calibration, whether via your receiver's menu or app, or manual. I prefer to do a manual calibration by ear as automated routines almost always need manual tinkering anyway. See CNET's guide to improving sound quality with your phone .

3. Buy a new soundbar

If the previous options aren't cutting it, it may be time to invest in a soundbar designed to improve dialogue . Thankfully, excellent soundbars aren't very expensive, and almost anything will sound better than a TV speaker. The  Roku Streambar , for example, is affordable and offers HDMI connections and an onboard 4K streamer. Vizio also makes an excellent range of soundbars.

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There are also soundbars specifically designed to make speech more intelligible. For instance, when  Zvox branched out into hearing aid design , the company brought the tech to its range of AccuVoice soundbars. The company has models starting at $100 and it includes the flagship Zvox AV357 .

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Taking the next step and buying a surround system may be more expensive, but it also has added benefits -- especially if the system has a dedicated center-channel speaker. In surround mixes, dialogue often comes primarily from the center channel, and being able to increase its volume independently can really help.

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From “The New York Times,” I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.”

As 2024 begins, we examine the campaign strategies of the two leading candidates for president, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, to understand what they’ll look like over the next year. Today, my colleague, Maggie Haberman, on how Trump is trying to wrap up the Republican nomination before any court case can stop him.

It’s Tuesday, January 2.

Happy New Year to you.

This is our first episode of 2024.

I am honored to be here with you for your first episode of 2024.

And we decided to give our listeners a set of handrails to understand what is likely to be the biggest story of the year, which is the presidential race the 2024 campaign. And we turn to you, Maggie, to better understand the candidacy of Donald Trump. You have chronicled Trump now for — ever?

And a day. It’s been a long time.

Trump, who, of course, leads his Republican rivals by what feels like historic margins. And what we really want you to do is give us a blueprint for what his candidacy is going to look like, what it’s going to feel like, and have you help us understand its overarching strategy and its message. And I think we have to start with the reality that this campaign is really defined by how much Trump has become a defendant, and not in just one court, but in many courts and the many cases where he’s been indicted or sued. So just, I guess, start there.

Sure. I often say that this is not a campaign. It’s a series of court dates wrapped around some debates. And that’s really been true. These court cases are the centerpiece of Donald Trump’s life right now.

And because of that, they have been integrated into his campaign messaging, fundraising, and with him as the likely Republican nominee, the entire election. So if you think about it going back to March, he has been indicted four times. He’s been indicted over hush-money payments made to an adult film star in the 2016 campaign. That’s the Manhattan District Attorney’s case.

He’s been indicted by the federal government over his handling of classified documents. He’s been indicted by the special counsel over his efforts to overturn the election results. And he’s been indicted by the Fulton County District Attorney in Georgia over his efforts to overturn the election results in that state. He faces 91 counts in those cases, and those are criminal charges.

Right. That’s a lot of counts. That’s a lot of cases.

A lot of felony counts. Beyond that, there are two civil cases. There’s the E. Jean Carroll defamation case. Remember, she is a woman who said that Trump sexually assaulted her decades ago and that he defamed her.

And there is a civil case brought by the New York Attorney General that accuses him of financial fraud. So just logistically, all of these cases take up a lot of his time. They will ultimately make campaigning somewhat tricky to schedule. For the criminal cases, he must be in court.

Right, and it’s hard to schedule a rally, a fundraiser, a meet-and-greet weeks or months out when you’ve got this many court cases that may require you to be in court. That’s just going to be a reality for him. It’s unlike any reality, I think, any leading candidate for president has ever faced.

Yes. And as a result, his campaign, for months, has been coming up with a strategy that could ensure that he is still a political candidate, no matter what happens in those court cases.

+ And what is that strategy?

So it was an elaborate backroom campaign, using his influence over the Republican Party to try to make sure that he has wrapped up the nomination, the number of delegates that he needs to become the nominee as fast as he can, to make sure that if he is convicted in one of these cases, it can’t be taken away from him when it comes time for the party’s convention in July.

OK, so what does this backroom campaign actually look like on the ground?

So it’s essentially a lot of schmoozing and gladhanding and sort of traditional politics, all of which are working toward the ultimate goal of having the system work better for Donald Trump.

The system, of course, being the nomination of a Republican candidate for president.

Correct, which itself involves a lot of series of state Republican Party rules that get changed in the fall the year before the general election. So some of this was pretty traditional-looking, right? Trump has made a bunch of phone calls to officials in various states.

One was Hawaii, where the state party chairman was elected in May and, soon after, got a voicemail from Trump. And it’s a very classic Trump message. “It’s your all-time favorite president. I just called to congratulate you.”

Seemingly small, but probably quite meaningful for him.

Correct. It’s the kind of thing that is pretty cost-free for Trump, that he doles out pretty easily. And then, there’s the Mar-a-Lago aspect of it, where Trump has people down to his club and courts them.

So there was a dinner with state Republican officials, including the head of the Nevada GOP, who’s a Trump ally. Months after this dinner at Mar-a-Lago, the Nevada GOP significantly changed their rules around their nominating contest that put Ron DeSantis at a huge disadvantage.

Well, they basically blocked the super PAC that DeSantis has been relying on for months from taking part in the state caucuses. This new rule basically bars super PACs from sending in speakers or literature, even just pamphlets, to caucus sites, or even getting data from the state party, meaning data they can use to approach voters. That really, really harmed DeSantis. It was a laser aimed at him.

I just want to be clear. This is an important chronology. The head of the Nevada Republican Party goes to a dinner at Mar-a-Lago and, obviously, spent some real time with Trump, and gets some affection and some exposure. And not long after, Nevada changes how campaigns can be run in the state in a way that empowers Trump and kind of kneecaps his biggest rival, Ron DeSantis.

The Nevada GOP did. It was building toward state election rules that ultimately favor Trump, according to people close to Trump and people on campaigns aligned with his rivals. And the impact of it has been pretty dramatic, which is that no serious candidate is really campaigning in Nevada. Super PACs have not been airing ads on behalf of their candidates. Basically, everybody has forgone the state.

So basically, this rule change has resulted in everybody ceding Nevada to Donald Trump.

Even if they’re not actually doing it, that’s the effect.

Where else has Trump’s backroom campaign been effective?

So California — they made the biggest changes of any state to primary rules to favor Trump this cycle. And Republicans there changed the formula for how delegates are allocated. In the past, there’s 52 congressional districts in the state, and candidates could go to each one.

And if you won the district, you would pick up delegates. But the Trump campaign pushed for changes to those rules this year for a winner-take-all system. And now, the GOP in California is going to give all 169 of its delegates to a candidate who meets the winner-take-all threshold of over 50 percent statewide.

I mean, that’s a very high threshold — a candidate getting 50 percent. In fact, that seems pretty much tailormade for Donald Trump.

It certainly does if you’re looking at all of the polling right now.

So in California, the Trump campaign changes the rules, it feels like, so that he and only he can pretty much win every single delegate. And 169 delegates is a fair amount of delegates. He’s kind of taking a state off the map for his rivals.

Correct. And he is doing it in a state, California, which votes on Super Tuesday. And that is the first week of March. So it is part of a bigger plan to have the nomination wrapped up by the end of March, in terms of how many delegates he has.

And March is significant for another reason. It’s currently when the trial in Washington, DC, on charges of illegally subverting the election in 2020, is scheduled to begin. Now, it’s not likely to begin then. It will be a little delayed. But that’s the track it’s on. And if that trial doesn’t start in March, Alvin Bragg —

The DA of New York.

— may start the hush money case, which is also expected in March. So March is a key month for him.

Right. And according to the rule changes you have just described, Trump’s going to be a lot closer, combined with his poll numbers, to becoming the nominee before or just as those trials are starting. Therefore, he will become the nominee, we suspect, before there’s a verdict in any of those cases.

That is correct.

Maggie, has anyone observed that what the Trump campaign is up to here looks and sounds a lot like maybe rigging? Right? A word that Trump uses a lot — sometimes falsely, but a lot?

Yes, people are very upset about this, Michael. Among them is Ken Cuccinelli, who was a Trump administration official when Trump was president, who now supports Ron DeSantis. He used that exact word to Shane Goldmacher and Jonathan Swan and me. He said, quote, “they’ve rigged it anywhere they thought they could pull it off,” unquote.

We should, of course, point out that everything Trump is doing within the Republican Party rule changes — and please correct me if I’m wrong — is perfectly legal. It’s just that it’s very aggressive, and it clearly exploits his unusual level of power over party leadership. Now, so far, what you’re describing is local state level. Does this backroom campaign extend to the national Republican apparatus, to the Republican National Committee itself?

Yes, Michael, it does. So remember that Trump, assuming he wins all of these primaries, will not officially be nominated as the GOP nominee for president until the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee in July. And you can see a world where he’s convicted of a crime, and some faction of the party that does not want a nominee who’s been convicted of a crime tries to embark on a last-minute effort to get somebody else nominated.

And so what Trump’s team is trying to do is make sure that the Rules Committee does not have the ability to make a bunch of changes that would favor another candidate and not Trump. And so an example might be a rule that would say you can’t be the nominee if you’re convicted of a crime, or even that you can’t be the nominee if you’re indicted.

Fascinating.

And Trump has a lot of allies on the Rules Committee. And they are expected to be watching this process very, very carefully.

So we should understand that in the same way that Trump has essentially huge influence, maybe even veto power, over state rules, he has that same power over national Republican rules.

Correct. And I expect that his campaign is going to try to exert more and more influence over the national party in the coming months.

So in a real sense, the Trump campaign has thought of everything. It’s thought of how to ensure that no one can really challenge him. He’s taking states off the map, and he’s making sure that if a court case goes against him, the party really can’t do all that much about it.

That’s right. The way to think about this is that the Trump team this time, which is staffed with much more seasoned people than his 2016 campaign — they’re trying to eliminate unpredictability at a moment when the court cases create so much unpredictability.

So the way to think about Trump’s 2024 strategy, especially within the context of ensuring he wins the Republican primary, is that his team is basically building a court-proof strategy for what we expect to be a very courtroom-bound candidate who could be found guilty of some very serious crimes.

Yes. And of course, he is still campaigning, and he’s not required to be in court right now. He’s acting like he’s running a typical campaign. He’s doing rallies. And that’s where you see the other blueprint for this candidacy — the public message. And that’s just as revealing as the backroom campaign we’ve been talking about.

We’ll be right back.

Maggie, let’s now talk about this, as you said, second blueprint for Trump’s candidacy — the message he’s delivering at his rallies. You have been watching and, I assume, attending these rallies.

Mostly watching, recently attending, yes.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next president of the United States, President Donald J. Trump!

OK, so let’s start with how Trump addresses the legal questions that we have just been talking about. What exactly is the message he’s delivering about all of this?

So in fact, I was at a rally that he did at the end of December in New Hampshire.

Every time the radical-left Democrats, Marxists, communists, and fascists indict me, I consider it a great badge of honor, because I am being indicted for you. Thank you very much.

He has a bunch of familiar tactics that he uses. He tells his supporters that really, these prosecutors are after them.

They want to silence me because I will never let them silence you. And in the end, they’re not after me. They’re after you. I just happen to be standing in the way, and I will always be —

And because he’s standing up for them, and he’s just in the way.

But he started wrapping that in new language.

It’s no wonder Biden and the far-left lunatics are desperate to stop us by any means necessary. They’re willing to violate the US Constitution.

Which is saying that actually, it’s President Biden who is puppeteering all of this.

Joe Biden is a threat to democracy. He’s a threat.

And that Democrats are the real threat to this country.

So you know, we talk about democracy, but the whole world is watching the persecution of a political opponent that’s kicking his ass. It’s an amazing thing.

I want to zero in on something you just said, which is that Trump is now claiming Democrats are a threat to democracy. That, of course, is complicated — perhaps to many years, ironic — because Democrats, and not just Democrats, view Trump and what he did around the 2020 election, the very reason he’s in so much legal trouble, as a direct threat to democracy.

I mean, he tried to overturn a democratic election he didn’t like the results of. So he’s trying — and this seems quite strained — to flip that around and say, no, the real threat to democracy is President Biden, because his Justice Department has brought some of these cases.

Correct. In Trump’s telling, Trump has done nothing wrong, of course, and it’s that President Biden has weaponized the federal justice system to go after a rival and is even controlling these state-based cases in Georgia and New York.

For which there is no evidence.

For which there is no evidence in any of it that President Biden is directing this. But it’s a sign that Trump and his team know that what Democrats are saying about Trump as a threat to democracy is having some effect in terms of the public.

Just explain that.

The attacks on Trump and the description of Trump as a threat to democracy, his behavior ahead of January 6, 2021, the things he said about Vice President Mike Pence — these are not pluses with independent voters and some Republicans. And Trump’s team is aware of that. And they are concerned about the general election and what those attacks could look like. And so Trump is doing what Trump does best, which is try to muddy the waters —

— and say, actually, it’s the other guy doing this thing I’m accused of doing, so that voters can’t really tell the difference anymore.

Got it. So for the most part, he’s not really engaging with the cases brought against him. And like you said, he’s using them as an opportunity to simply go after Biden.

Well, talk about the ways that Trump is going after Biden beyond a kind of reverse projection of his legal problems.

So he wraps all of his discussions related to the court cases around an attack on Biden where Biden is weakest, which is on the economy.

The next economic boom will begin the instant the world knows that crooked Joe Biden is gone and Donald J. Trump has won four more years as president of United States.

And despite a lot of economic indicators looking good, we know that many people don’t feel good about the economy. Things cost more. It’s difficult to afford a home. When I was at a rally that he did in New Hampshire at the end of December, there was a screen over Trump’s head where he showed the mortgage rate.

The average monthly mortgage payment has gone from $1,746 under my administration to $3,322 today. But you can’t get the money, so it doesn’t matter.

And the point there is, things were better when I was president. Put me back in office. You’ll have more money in your wallet.

As long as Joe Biden is in the White House, the American dream is dead. But all of that will change the minute the polls close on election night, 2024.

It’s a pitch to a lot of voters. The economy is a pretty basic fact in most presidential elections. But it could particularly appeal to independents or suburbanites who turned away from him.

Right, so this is the part of the rally where he’s not just thinking about becoming the nominee, which, as we’ve talked about, through his strategy, he feels kind of assured of. He’s now pitching himself to the full American electorate.

That’s right. And beyond the economy, he spends a lot of time railing against the state of the country, particularly so when he’s talking about immigration and crime.

You know, when they let — I think the real number is 15, 16 million people into our country — when they do that, we got a lot of work to do.

And he made a pretty shocking statement at the New Hampshire rally.

They’re poisoning the blood of our country. That’s what they’ve done. They’ve poison mental institutions and prisons all over the world, not just —

He described undocumented immigrants as poisoning the blood of America.

I just want to talk to you about that language. What do you think he was doing? Why was he doing it? How should we think about it?

Well, it’s language that echoes language used by Adolf Hitler. It is language that echoes fascists across history. It’s pretty shocking to hear a front-runner for one of the two major parties in this country describing undocumented immigrants this way. And it invokes a blood purity that is the language used by white supremacists. And it was not the first time Trump said it, but it was Trump doubling down on it.

And in a sense, it’s in keeping with how Trump has, at times, campaigned and talked. You were at the beginning of Trump’s campaign in 2016 when he talked about immigrants from Mexico. It’s very jarring to hear him do it eight years later.

There is always an argument about whether Trump is actually intensifying his language or escalating his language. And he just objectively is.

And I will direct and completely overhaul DOJ to investigate every radical, out-of-control, fake, crooked prosecutor in America, for their illegal, racist-in-reverse enforcement of the law.

The language where he describes Black prosecutors who are investigating him as “reverse racists” is pretty shocking.

What he’s really saying is they hate white people?

He’s not being investigated because he’s white. But it does play into his crowd. I think as he has gotten angrier and as he has become more embattled, he has become more emboldened in what he is saying.

Right. More willing to take greater risks in the kind of extremeness of what he’s willing to say.

And ignore people who tell him that this could be very damaging to him down the road politically, and inciting to people who listen to it.

When you think about everything we’re talking about here, there’s a kind of deja-vu-all-over-again quality. This is Trump’s playbook, and it didn’t work for him four years ago. He lost. So how should we think about why it might be more effective in 2024 than it was in 2020?

I think the right way to think about the current campaign is that it’s more like 2016 than 2020.

Hmm. More like the first campaign, which he won, than the second, that he didn’t.

Correct. In 2020, enough of a percentage of Americans were really tired of Trump. They were tired of the drama. They were tired of the chaos.

He had been president for four years. People wanted a change, and Trump lost. 2016 was the campaign where Trump ran as an outsider against someone who was basically running as an incumbent — Hillary Clinton, who was basically running as a continuation of President Obama.

And Trump obviously beat her. This campaign, so far, feels more like 2016. And Trump is better running as an insurgent than an incumbent. And you’re seeing that again.

Right. And in a sense, he can run as an insurgent, even though he had been president, because he hasn’t been president the past four years.

Correct. And because of that, his playbook might be more effective than it was in 2020.

Let me just synthesize everything that you have, I think, explained. At the end of the day, this is a campaign about victimhood. Does that feel right? I mean, Trump’s victimhood, in his telling, and America’s victimhood.

Trump’s telling voters that he’s a victim of these court cases, and he’s telling voters, he’s telling America, that they are victims of Biden’s policies. That’s what 2024 is going to sound like in the hands of Donald Trump. And I guess the question, based on your reporting and your analysis, your understanding of this race, is — is that potentially a winning message?

That is exactly what the landscape is for 2024. And the reason it could be a winning message — and again, who knows — is President Biden’s numbers remain quite poor. If they get better, it might not be a winning message. If the economy gets better, and in ways that voters feel good about, it might not, but that’s basically the message Trump feels he has. And he’s going to push it endlessly.

And let me ask you this. If Trump is convicted of something between now and the general election next November, does this framework therefore get reinforced and deepened and stronger? Or does it ultimately all actually kind of collapse? Because a conviction is a conviction, and Americans can’t wrap their heads around a convicted person being their president.

We are seeing data in our own polling, the paper’s polling, that suggested that more Republicans, more Trump voters, don’t think that he should be the nominee if he is convicted. It suggests to me that people had not really been tuning in to what was happening with Trump legally. They will be in 2024, and things may end up looking different.

In other words, these court cases — and this is where we started — they really do matter.

They really do matter.

Well, Maggie, thank you very much.

Michael, thank you.

Over the past few days, Trump’s legal problems have only mounted. The Secretary of State in Maine sought to remove Trump from the state’s Republican primary ballot, citing his efforts to overturn the results of the last election. Maine joins Colorado, whose Supreme Court ruled a week earlier that Trump could be removed from the Republican ballot in that state for the same reason.

For now, Trump remains on the ballot in both states, as the cases make their way through the appeals process and, many predict, all the way up to the US Supreme Court in the coming weeks. Tomorrow on “The Daily,” we turn to the campaign strategy of President Biden.

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