Speech Writing

How to Write a Public Speech or a TEDx Script

Are you suddenly faced with the daunting task of writing your own speech?

Where do you start the process of writing a talk? What are the main elements that are included in a keynote speech or a TEDx Talk?

There are many strategies to follow when crafting your talk. The first and foremost place to start this journey of speech writing is to identify your audience. 

Sadly, many speakers are boring because they don’t take the time to research their audience.

These speakers just fill the time slot and deliver whatever they’re interested in talking about and it’s often a talk they have given many times. This is where you see people in the audience dozing off or surreptitiously scrolling on their phones. You can’t afford to be this type of speaker if you want to grow your public speaking career, get invited to bigger stages, maybe even a TEDx stage, and sell more books and coaching programs.

Beyond the research, as a speaker, you need to grab the attention of the audience in the first 3 minutes from the time you step on the stage. This can be through words, personal energy, and body language. It takes planning, research, and wordsmithing.

You may be considering that you don’t need to write your speech, you can just get up there and talk, and of course, it will be amazing. This is a mistake many speakers make when they are new to speaking. The lack of strategy and planning around your speech leads to repetition, rambling, dead-end thoughts, and an overall lack of clarity in your message.

Most powerfully written keynote speeches have a single through line which is a message thread that starts at the beginning of the talk and follows it all the way to the last word. It’s a single word or phrase that is memorable, inspiring, and transformative.

Therefore, the top-level professional speakers are known as motivational speakers

This is because they write, and craft talks that inspire their audience to look at life through a different lens. These talks change people’s lives.

There is more planning to writing a speech than actual writing. As a rule, 100 written words translates to a minute on stage, so a 10-minute talk, is a thousand-word document.

In this document, the opening part is grabbing the attention of the audience, and the next part of speech writing is crafting the section where you build your credibility and influence. People in the audience want to know why they should listen to you; they are immediately asking themselves what makes you the expert.

Then as the speech moves forward, you have several options where you can go with your speech writing but remember the focus of a talk delivered on stage before a live audience is to make certain that you are a good storyteller.

Think about why you started.

Writing a Great Speech means Telling your Best Stories

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