What’s the first thing I should do to design my speech? 

I have been reading the book “Speak leader champion” by Jeremy Donovan and Ryan Avery. Their tips and Gold. If you are stuck with where to start please follow my summary series. 

  1. Speak to serve 

The starting point of selecting the purpose of a speech is what is valued by others. 

-to inform ( the easiest. The typical work presentation) 

-to persuade (most valuable general purpose)

-to entertain (more personal story telling )

-to inspire (Eg: talk about company vision)

2. Choose a single core message that serves your audience’s needs and interests.

Ask yourself. What have you learned that you want to share with the audience? Not only a dominant general purpose but also have a single special purpose. 

(Beginner speaker often cram too many core messages)

If you watch the winning speeches, you will notice the depth of storytelling that the speakers are able to convey in the brief duration and measured words per minute pace. Also notice the frequent Humor that support the message regardless how serious the subject is. 

 3. Choose. Single, inspirational core theme rooted in an eternal truth

List of virtues that you can choose for a topic:

  1. Action~
  2. Authenticity 
  3. Balance
  4. Charity
  5. Companionship
  6. Connection
  7. Contentment
  8. Confidence
  9. Courage
  10. Creativity
  11. Curiosity
  12. Forgiveness
  13. Gratitude
  14. Honesty
  15. Humility (modesty)
  16. Humor
  17. Justice
  18. Knowledge
  19. Leadership
  20. Love~
  21. Mindfulness~
  22. Optimism
  23. Passion
  24. Perseverance~
  25. Responsibility 
  26. Self control
  27. Spirituality 
  28. Vulnerability 

The most common ones are

  1. Love 2 perseverance 3 mindfulness 4 action  

Then it’s compassion, creativity, self expression, hope and tolerance.

Once you pick a virtue then it’s time to design your speech.