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4. It's not about you: 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 in service of your audience and your purpose.
5. Writing is editing. Editing is writing. The first time you write 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 follows 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 to outline.
8. Beef it up. Use examples for difficult to understand points or concepts. Find some jokes. If no one laughs at 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? Change 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 off fat.
12. Do it in front of a test audience. Get their feedback. Make sure they know your audience and purpose before you do speech for test audience.
13. Go give your speech to real audience with confidence! If you're interested in tips on 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 (http://www.pulsemed.org/).