Powerful Speech-Designing

One of the activities of Toastmasters Club is having workshops. We had the privilege of Mr Glenn Lim sharing his professional tips on speech designing in October.

Below are what he shared:

Purpose Statement

  • Purpose of Speech – Make it clear if it is to announce, inform, persuade or entertain.

Begin with the end in mind.

  • Theme of Speech – craft the speech to fit the theme.
  • Target Audience – age/vocation/industry/education/needs etc
  • Speech Title

Speech Organisation

  • Opening

1. Shocking: statement or non-verbal acts
2. Story-telling: It’s a dark, stormy and cold night
3. Joke – diffuses tension in the room; collect your jokes
4. Questions – rhetorical questions; humorous; thought-provoking
5. Quote – Winston Churchill

  • Body

1. Triad/Power of Three: Collection of 3 relevant ideas

I came, I saw, I conquered
Friends, Romans, Countrymen
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

2. Acronyms: linked to the subject

STAR: Special Thoughtful Action Resilient

3. Alliteration: repetition of the first letter or syllable at the beginning of each word

3Ds Design Develop Deliver

4. Rhymes: repetition of the vowels of each word to create rhyming and poetic effect

Course Source Force

5. Chronological model

Jan Feb March

6. Geographical model

Planet Galaxy Universe

7. Pendulum model: acknowledge others’ opinions and slip in your own

Proposition Opposition Conclusion
Society says Parents say I say
Pros Cons Recommendations

  • Closing

1. Tie back to Opening.
2. Use an Illustration/Quote
3. Call to Action/Challenge


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