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         Now that your intro's over and you've done all you can to entice your audience to stay with you, you've gotta make them glad they did.  A speech that starts with a bang but ends with a whimper is still remembered as a bad speech!  So we're going to cut the writing of the speech body into two parts: this part, Content,  is concerned with constructing your message, or "thesis" if you prefer, and the manner in which you plan to convey it.  After that, check out Devices (at left) for some ways to dress the speech up and make it interesting.  Okay, the steps:


  • Goals - It's best to start with some objective in mind.  Are you entertaining, educating, reminiscing, narrating, persuading, or any combination of these or other goals?  No matter how much you dress up the speech, make sure that it doesn't stray too far from its intention.  And one recommendation:  entertainment should almost always be included with whatever other goals you've got.  An unentertained audience is a sleeping one.  But I digress; got goals?  Good.  Go on...


  • Views - Who are you speaking to?  Whose views do you want to present on your subject?  (And note that the incorporation of views other than the obvious often make for an interesting speech... more on that in Devices.)  Especially in persuasive speeches, which many many speeches are, multiple viewpoints are very effective.  Point/counterpoint is even more compelling in speeches than on paper, in fact!