How to Write a Speech in 13 Steps

Written by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

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4. It's not about you:repparttar only time it's about you is if one of your goals is to impress them, build your credibility, etc. Other than that, forget your fear, your self consciousness, etc. Let those things go inrepparttar 107991 service of your audience and your purpose.

5. Writing is editing. Editing is writing. The first time you writerepparttar 107992 speech, don't criticize it, don't edit it, just let everything flow out. You'll organize it and choose better words and rephrase it later. Just be creative.

6. Organize your ideas into an outline. Make sure each idea followsrepparttar 107993 other logically. Ask yourself if your audience needs to know anything to understand any part of it. Ask yourself if any part needs more fleshing out

7. Rewrite it according torepparttar 107994 outline.

8. Beef it up. Use examples for difficult to understand points or concepts. Find some jokes. If no one laughs atrepparttar 107995 first one, be careful, though. You might lose credibility if they think you're an idiot. You can also find great quotes online, even search on whatever topic you're writing your speech about.

9. Do an edit. Use MS Word for grammar checking. A big part of how to write a speech it editing. The next few steps involve editing and speaking. This step is about editing on paper. Replace long words and rephrase jargon. Imagine if it would make sense to your best friend, your mom, your grandma, etc. (caveat: if jargon is required to impress in business, use it)

10. Say it all out loud. Is anything missing? How does it sound? Changerepparttar 107996 words and phrases that sound unnatural when spoken.

11. Record it on a tape recorder or your computer. Is it missing anything? Add it. Are any parts of it boring, unneccesary, stupid, offensive? Cut offrepparttar 107997 fat.

12. Do it in front of a test audience. Get their feedback. Make sure they know your audience and purpose before you dorepparttar 107998 speech forrepparttar 107999 test audience.

13. Go give your speech torepparttar 108000 real audience with confidence! If you're interested in tips onrepparttar 108001 presentation or voice sides of things, you'll need another resource, but...

Now you know how to write a speech!

Brian has been a public speaker for five years, a guest on national radio shows, is president of his local speaking club, teaches medicine, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure (

A Free Persuasive Speech Sample For You

Written by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc

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d.What is wellness? Most of my patients come to see me because they’re desperate to get relief from some pain or disease – these are great motivators! But sometimes I get others who go through my health questionnaires for some other reason, and they invariably realize they had more health problems than they had thought. They either weren’t paying attention to them, or they had unknowingly lowered their standards to match their slowly eroding quality of life. So, even people who don’t think they have any diseases still may not experience optimal wellness. e.What’srepparttar difference between disease treatment and wellness? One means ignoring reality until a negative thing happens, then running from it. The other means envisioning a positive, and striving to attain it. Our own experience teaches us how miserable a life is that consists of sticking our heads inrepparttar 107990 sand and then putting out fires. Hopefully, you also have some experience with making positive goals and achieving them, andrepparttar 107991 school of hard knocks has taught you it’srepparttar 107992 better way. f.If you haven’t committed to wellness, created health goals, and aren’t striving to achieve them, then you’re just waiting for your health to disappear. g.Thomas Edison said, "The doctor ofrepparttar 107993 future will no longer treatrepparttar 107994 human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition,” and a co founder of Johns Hopkins University and one ofrepparttar 107995 most influential and exemplary MD’s ever, William Osler said, “One ofrepparttar 107996 first duties ofrepparttar 107997 physician is to educaterepparttar 107998 masses not to take medicine.” In Chinese medicine, we look at acupuncture, herbs, drugs, and surgery as medical interventions for disease, to be used as a last resort- when they are needed, it means we already failed to live well. The norm these days is that almost everyone is so out of balance that they need some degree of medical intervention. No one ever taught us how to live well, to safeguard our energy, to balance ourselves withrepparttar 107999 seasons, etc. h.Albert Schweitzer was a doctor who spent 50 years in Africa fighting leprosy and sleeping sickness, and for that wonrepparttar 108000 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. He once said, "It's supposed to be a secret but I'll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encouragerepparttar 108001 doctor within." He also said, "Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will—his personal responsibility.” Most of us have given up some of our power over our own well being. We wantrepparttar 108002 physicians and scientists to solverepparttar 108003 problem of health for us. Instead of changing our exercise and eating habits, we tryrepparttar 108004 next miracle pill. To be sure, drugs are necessary in many situations, but only because our lifestyles took us to a place of disease. As Schweitzer says, we need to take responsibility for our own health. You have more power than you think over your well being – take responsibility for it, and make it happen! i.Car maintenance i.If you never changedrepparttar 108005 oil in your car,repparttar 108006 engine wears on itself, and eventually can seize up beyond repair. The common sense of preventive measures is why we have schedule maintenance check-ups, 6 month dental cleanings, and yearly physicals. ii.However, most medical checkups are too short, and are focused on disease, not wellness. They aren’t thorough enough to help you live in optimal health. 4.How can you factrepparttar 108007 facts about well being andrepparttar 108008 state of your health? a.I’m putting a lot of information inrepparttar 108009 Prevention and Optimal Living book I’m writing. To help you measure your state of health, and see how constructive your lifestyle is or isn’t, I’ve created a series of quizzes – they’ll also be in my book, but I’d be happy to get yourepparttar 108010 rough copies if you just can’t wait. b.But you need to know what you can expect from wellness: Comfortable breathing, no pain anywhere in your body,repparttar 108011 ability to go into any reasonable environment without getting a cold or flu, a reasonable appetite, perfect digestion,repparttar 108012 perfect bowel movement – comes out easy, doesn’t smell, and doesn’t require a whole roll of toilet paper to clean up, no PMS, perfect vision and hearing, easy, restful, restorative sleep, staying asleep all night, and waking up refreshed and invigorated, staying alert and energetic throughoutrepparttar 108013 day, emotional balance, serenity, peace, patience, and an open heart and mind 5.What are some Examples ofrepparttar 108014 Goals I want you to set for yourselves? a.The most important things you can change to improve your wellness are your eating habits, exercise, rest, and emotions. b.I’m going to exercise 3 times per week, or even more primary: I’m going to try every form of exercise I can until I findrepparttar 108015 ones I love to do. c.I’m going to eatrepparttar 108016 foods that Chinese medicine says will balance out my patterns of imbalance. d.I’m going to do a relaxing or spiritual activity for a half an hour, 4x per week e.I’m going to have a peaceful dinner with friends or family at least 3 times per week. f.All of these will help you achieve greater well being and prevent more disease. 6.How Can You Achieve Them? a.With persistence and discipline. We’ll never be perfect, sorepparttar 108017 most important thing is that you make progress. John Wooden,repparttar 108018 most winning college basketball coach in history said, “Success is being as prepared as you can possibly be- beingrepparttar 108019 best you that you can be.” He also said, “People usually know what they should do to get what they want. They just won’t do it. They won’t payrepparttar 108020 price. Understand that there is a price to be paid for achieving anything of significance. You must be willing to payrepparttar 108021 price.” But don’t get overwhelmed- If you don’t start, you’re continuing to fail. Just pick one thing to work on, and get started. Just do it! b.Another key is teamwork. If you find someone, a group of people, or even just one person who also wants to commit to well being, you can meet weekly to talk about your progress and help each other. If you have trouble duringrepparttar 108022 week, you can call them. Just knowing there are others withrepparttar 108023 same purpose will refresh your enthusiasm. c.Cicero said, “Men decide far more problems by hate, love, sorrow, joy, hope, or fear, than by reality, authority, or any legal standard.” So, get to know what well being is, and learn to love it. Identify your unhealthy habits, and develop a seething hate, a real disgust for them. Healthy people like healthy people, so you’re more likely to find love and romance when you nourish your own well being - unless you’re looking for a really sick partner, or a partner who digs really sick people,. Think about what a pity it is that some people are killing themselves day after day, whether intentionally or out of ignorance, with their poor lifestyles. Develop a positive and hopeful picture of your future and how important well being is to it – most likely, every dream and goal you have already assumes that you will feel well enough to enjoy it once you achieve it.

Brian has been a public speaker for five years, a guest on national radio shows, is president of his local speaking club, teaches medicine, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure (

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