Crafting a Speech

There are many elements that go into crafting a speech. The very first thing you need to do, though, is create an outline. No matter the length of your speech, an outline can

  • Ensure the speech flows well from start to finish.
  • Prevent you from leaving out anything important.
  • Make your speech easier to memorize by breaking it down into smaller parts.

You should break your speech down into 3 basic parts: the introduction, the body/main points, and the conclusion. Here’s a general guide to creating the outline and what each part might contain. Yours could look different depending on how many main points you have to make:

speech-outline

Let’s put it into action. Following this outline, a persuasive speech about joining Rainbow could look like this:

Hi, I’m Ruby Rainbow. I’m excited to talk to you about something that has been very important to me for the past 5 years. Would you believe me if I told you there’s an organization for young women that can offer life lessons, personal values, opportunities to be an active leader, make important decisions, serve your community, travel the state and the country, speak in front of hundreds of people, make life-long friendships, and have some of the most fun you’ve ever had in your life? Get ready to become a Rain-believer because this organization is real, provides unseen benefits to our community, and it wants YOU to join!

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls teaches beautiful lessons not only in the ceremonies we perform, but also in the work we do. We complete service projects donating our time, talent, and money we raise to wonderful causes. The girls get honored for the work we do in and outside of Rainbow in a variety of ways. One of my favorite early memories is of sitting at Grand Assembly as a shy 12-year-old and being SO surprised when I was announced as the Girl of the Year for service hours in front of hundreds of people. 

The Rainbow Girls are more than a group of friends. We’re a group of sisters. We learn and grow together and have so much fun. From sleepovers to day-trips, dances, barbecues, game nights, surprise events, and camp weekends. The best part about all of those events, besides the bonding and memories, is that the girls get to take the lead to choose and plan them all! We also get to meet inspiring mentors in the form of our alumni and adult helpers. Because it’s been around for almost 95 years, there are several generations who have benefited from and now loyally contribute to the order. These adults helped me grow from a nervous little girl to a teenager who can now speak in front of all of you.

There’s nothing like Rainbow. The hard work, values, leadership, and fun have made me feel more confident and prepared for life than other girls my age. I’m always happy to share Rainbow with people and I’d love to talk to you more about us. See me in the lobby after this event, at the Rainbow Girls table, to get more information about joining. Look for the girls in colorful, long formal dresses. You can’t miss us!

If you have a tough time getting a speech going, an outline could help. Just start writing in whatever section you have some ideas. Once you get something on paper, step away and take a break, maybe for a day. Then read what you have and see what else comes to mind.

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