Speech Making Tips

Helping With Structure

Write a draft of your speech-you wouldn’t build a house without a plan. To meet the standard, content, structure, and language must be appropriate for your purpose, which is to give a speech to your class.

Structure Your Speech As Follows-a Simple “Skeleton” Approach

  • A brief introduction to your topic and the main points you will make,
  • Several key comments on the topics,
  • Supported by evidence you collected,
  • A brief conclusion.

Annotate the draft of your speech in the 5 centimeter margin, indicating these aspects of structure.
In your speech you will develop ideas logically. As headings, briefly list the main points you will make in order. You will
expend on these in much greater detail in your speech. From the thinking and research and discussions and other sources list key details you will use to support your ideas.

Research/Evidence/Detail-Backing Up Points Made

3 aspects of research, evidence, statistics, factual material to support your ideas/comments.

Linking Words And Phrases-moving From One Point To The Next

They help you move one comment/point you make and onto the  next. Also note in the 5 centimeter margin.

Delivery Techniques-once Written, Find Ways To Improve Delivery

To meet the standard you need to use following delivery techniques in a sustained and appropriate way.


Use of voice: use of pace, pitch, Intonation, variation in volume, stress or emphasis, pause and rhythm


Use of body language: use of gesture, facial expression, stance, eye contact and movement.
Use of audio visual aids: use of posters, OHT, power point presentations or other examples.

Language Features-add Vigor, Vitality And Interest To Your Words

Annotate the draft of your speech in the 5 centimeter margin, indicating these other aspects delivery which helps to
make the speech more appealing to the audience. Language features like the ones discussed in class, heard and seen in
speeches you have studied in the course of the class work. These lists are also available in the standard activity sheet
and template.

Practice-Makes Perfect

Complete an initial read-through of your speech. Adapt content if necessary, and experiment with delivery techniques.

Helping Meet The Requirements Of The Standard Sheet

After the initial read-through to help you focus on the key aspects of your speech, fill in these details.

  • Point 1: Detail used to support point 1
  • Point 2: Detail used to support point 2
  • Point 3: Detail used to support point 3

Delivery Techniques

From each of the column below select at least three delivery techniques that you intend to use. Circle them.


  • Volume
  • Pause
  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Pace
  • Emphasis
  • Intonation
  • Props


  • Eye contact
  • Movement
  • Facial expression
  • Stance
  • Gesture
  • Audio visual aids
  • Posters/OHT
  • Power point presentation

Speech Rehearsal

As a final step before delivering the speech to the class, rehears your speech in front of a partner. Give your partner
a copy of the details you filled out in structure above and a draft of your speech. Ask your partner as they observe your rehearse to tick the key points about content, structure, language, and delivery techniques. You partner should identify aspects they feel are successful as well as less successful.
Read your speech to parents, relations and siblings to help in the process of refining and improving your speech. Your teacher may observe you as you rehearse. It is possible to meet the standard for using appropriate content, structure, language and delivery techniques at the rehearsal stage.

Delivery To The Class-courage In The Face Of Fear

Deliver your speech to the class. This delivery gives you another opportunity to meet the standard. Give your teacher
a copy of the speech, the sheets you filled in from above and the cover sheet properly completed. Make sure your 5cm
has the features required completed. Color code if you want to make things clearer. Your teacher will use this as cue to
observe the structure and delivery of your speech.

Evaluation-Learn From The Good And Bad Things We Do

Following your delivery write a short evaluation and attach it your final draft. What other way could you has delivered your speech? Suggest another possible a interpretation, and compare it to the way you delivered your interpretation.
Focus on at least two delivery techniques you used and comment on their effectiveness, suggest some possible improvements that could be made and explain why you make them.

By: Aqsa Riaz

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