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Monday, 03 April 2017 01:19

Which is the best way to write a coherent speech for a university presentation?

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Ask a thought provoking questionIf you are needing to deliver a speech at a university level, the first thing to likely keep in mind is that your language to your audience i.e. fellow students and your professor, has to be at their level.

Your language should also include buzz words that are known to your audience. If you are speaking to an audience that doesn’t have a knowledge of your topic, you will likely have to spend more time explaining concepts.

Writing and speaking are two different forms of communication. When you sit down to write your speech, you have to do it as if you were speaking to someone, not writing to them.

Writing in prose, such as in this article, allows us to use punctuation marks. They are like a roadmap to tell the reader how they should interpret the content.

The spoken word is different. The audience doesn’t have the opportunity or the time to review and think about what you have just said, before you are moving on to the next point. You have to factor in your roadmap with pauses, reiterations, vocal variety, gestures etc.

A technique that I often use for writing these types of speeches is to start off with brain-storming then into mind-mapping.

For the brain-storming exercise, generate as many ideas or points about your topic that you can think of i.e. one or two word ideas. Don’t evaluate them at this point, just generate. I write them on a big piece of paper.

When you have exhausted your list of ideas, look for common themes i.e. ideas that seem to go together. Create a short list of themes. This list should create the content of your speech.

Using the basic organizational method of opening, body and conclusion, create your conclusion first. What do you want your audience to walk away with?

Next, create your opening. Your opening should grab your audience’s attention.

Your opening sets you up for the body of your presentation where you deliver the most appropriate points from your brainstorming and mind-mapping exercise.

Make a point, tell a story. Make another point tell another story. Which eventually leads you into your conclusion.

You can flesh out your content by using props or audio visuals to illustrate points.

Good luck with your presentation.

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