Public speaking is the biggest fear most people have. To control me, I joined a toastmaster club. Not only did I become a confident public speaker. I have learned many tools for effective speech writing which are also helpful in writing.
The purpose of this article is to explain how writing a speech taught me structure. Writing a speech is not much different from writing an article. When speaking directly to an audience, you practice tone of voice, grammar, body language, and appearance. Luckily for me, no one sees me as I write!
The structure is important when writing a speech or a piece that someone else reads. Thoughts need to flow logically and naturally from one idea to another. Sentences open your thoughts in a logical flow like a thread in a sweater. A paragraph should contain a complete idea. One useful tip is to read aloud after writing your article. Does it seem to flow in a logical and interesting way? Would you feel comfortable reading it to the audience?
The basic outline of the Articles for Magazines:
- Introduction: Tell people what you are going to tell them.
- Body: Tell them.
- Corollary: Tell them what you told them (in summary).
The body can be divided into sub-headings: A, B, C; tell your audience what your main points or sub-headings will be in your introduction. Then they will be able to follow you.
The structure of the article is not much different from the oral speech. With something or an article, you want to get your readers interested immediately. You can do this with a controversial statement or by asking an important question. You can guide an article about mosquitoes by saying that you like some things about mosquitoes then you tell your readers what you will be driving during your article. Tell them your main points.
One of the most helpful exercises in speech preparation is to say it on time. If you are speaking on time, you need to make sure everything is up to date. If you are writing an article for online publication, you want at least 300 words and no more than 2,000. The attention span on the web is short. People want to surf on something else and maybe concerned about spending time online.
The body needs to be organized logically. Try to make these two or three points in your article, and handle them in order. You want to break the body into the background and development of your subject.
Finally, just summarize your key points. If you have an important question, be sure to answer it: And similarly, I like these things about mosquitoes. If you want some good writing practice, a public speaking club will give you one. All these speeches have to be written first!