You may think that writing a speech is one of the easiest tasks ever, but there’s so much pressure on you to make your piece truly stand out. This is especially true if the other graduate speakers over the years have delivered strong pieces that are too good to be forgotten easily. Luckily, you are on the right page. The following lines will help you write a speech that no one will forget any time soon.
After selecting a topic for your graduation speech (check our 7 facts about famous speakers who gave a graduation speech and 20 topics for a graduation speech), you need to organize your ideas and create your first draft according to the following outline.
There is no strict outline for you to follow. Therefore, you can use the above as you deem necessary. However, you definitely need to use the following tips to get this right.
You do not want to give a speech that only attracts half of your audience. In addition to reducing the efficiency of your speech, it will demotivate you as you deliver what you believed is a great speech. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to hear about the potential opportunities available for those who work hard or about what awaits them after graduation. So, make a speech for all; something that everyone will enjoy.
Google the top graduation speeches and you will see that a majority of them had humor in them. In fact, Will Ferrell’s commencement speech at Harvard was entirely humorous. However, that is what people would come to expect from a comedian. If you want to give a light hearted speech, but do not know how, the best point to add humor is while talking about the challenges of life. Soften the blow a bit with very light humor, but do not overdo it.
Create segments of your speech and end each one on a high note. Give your audience something to talk about days after the graduation ceremony. The best way to do that is to insert relatable examples and quotes. Do not overwhelm them with information. Try to list down all the segments you wish to hit in the form of bullet points and then formulate paragraph(s) around them.
Your speech should not sound as if you are teaching the audience something. It should be about inspiring them. Therefore, the tone of the text should never reflect that you are a know-it-all. It would sound very demeaning and pretentious because you yourself are just a student. Write your speech around the fact that you yourself are a little bit scared and a whole lot excited about the life awaiting you outside the university walls.
Remember to integrate these in your outline and you will definitely produce a masterpiece.