The art of public speaking comes from the eloquence of the speaker.
While researching your subject and outlining your speech may seem like the most time-consuming aspect of preparation, taking the time to write your speech can actually take the most time to complete.
When you begin writing your speech, don't assume what you write now will be the final version of your speech. A draft is simply your first pass at what you plan to say.
Using your outline as a guide, refer to your organized research notes (that you've centrally collected and have easily accessible for just such an occasion, right? ) to begin to flesh out your speech.
It is helpful to take an ABC (abstract, body, conclusion) approach to writing your speech:
You may find that you start to veer off-topic as you begin to write your speech. You will have time to go back and prune later; for now, the focus is to keep writing.
Now that you have written the first draft, reread what you have written to refine your wording.
Read through your first draft. Look for typos such as spelling and grammatical errors. Also look for awkward phrasing or parts of speech. Read sections aloud: Do they make sense? If so, reword those sections.
Consider the vocabulary you are using: Is it appropriate? Are you potentially using language that may go over your audience's heads, or perhaps is too elementary? Consider your tone, style and verbiage. Also consider the structure of your argument: does your speech actually make sense?
It is helpful to give your first draft to another person to review and edit, as it helps to have a fresh set of eyes look at your material.
Once edits have been made, implement those suggestions and changes to your draft.
When you begin revising, you may find that you are making more changes along the way and may write multiple drafts. The editing and revising process becomes a cycle of newer drafts.
Eventually, the revisions will be done and you will have settled on your final draft.
Have you ever sat down in front of your computer, a blank document open, the cursor just blinking at you, and no words come to your brain?
Don't panic! It is a harrowing moment for any writer, but don't be alarmed: writer's block is perfectly natural and there are ways to overcome it.
Some tackle writer's block by forcing themselves to write anything, as long as they keep writing. You can set a timer and commit to keep writing without stopping until that timer ends. Hopefully, that will be enough of a boost to get your writer's juices flowing.
If not, walk away from your speech for a little while. Sometimes it is good to clear your mind from a subject in which you are thoroughly engrossed in order to gain a fresh perspective.
When in doubt, two heads are better than one. Call up a friend, colleague, or classmate and share ideas with them. They just might have the inspiration and outside perspective you need to get your hands flying across your keyboard in no time.
Source: Boundless. "Wording the Speech." Boundless Communications Boundless, Invalid Date Invalid Date. Invalid Date. Retrieved 18 May. 2017 from https://www.boundless.com/communications/textbooks/boundless-communications-textbook/preparing-the-speech-a-process-outline-3/steps-of-preparing-a-speech-26/wording-the-speech-124-10682/