Putting It Together: Refining Your Speech

A speech is made up of multiple parts, each of which can be refined and improved to make the whole speech more expressive, eloquent, and effective.

An attention-getting introduction will:

  • Set the tone for your speech
  • Acknowledge and appeal to your audience
  • Provide a teaser for your topic

A satisfying conclusion will:

  • Review main points
  • Restate the topic
  • Provide a lasting thought

The various parts of the speech are brought together by connectors and transitions, which guide the audience through and between different ideas.

Along with these structural considerations, refining a speech entails taking a careful look at the language of the speech. It’s important to remember that the language style of a speech will be quite different from the language style of a written essay.

When you’ve refined the structure and the language of your speech, it’s ready to deliver!