How Do You Write A Speech For An Important Person?

by drjim on January 23, 2018

That important person is counting on you to do a good job

That important person is counting on you to do a good job
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Not every speech that we create will be delivered by us. As you get better and better at this speech writing thing, what you may discover is that other people start to reach out to you. They’ve heard your speeches and they like what you’ve said. These people may be important people who cause things to happen each time they give a speech and so they realize the importance of public speaking. They may ask you to create a speech for them to use. This request is both an honor and a challenge: just exactly how do you create an effective speech for an important person?

Why Writing Speeches For Someone Else Is A Big Deal

When you write a speech for someone else, you are potentially going to have a chance to hear them present your speech. This can be a powerful event for you. You’ll have a chance to watch both the emotions and the reactions of the people who make up the audience for the speech that you wrote. This can be very powerful for you as you see people being touched by the words that you wrote.

In order to be the person who gets selected to write a speech for an important person, they are going to have to first value the work that you do. Simply put, this means that they need to have seen previous speeches that you’ve created. The important person has a tough job – when they give a speech, they have to address a diverse audience and make sure that their message is delivered.

One of the most important things that you are going to have to understand as the person who is writing a speech for someone else is that not every speech will turn out the way that you want it to. You’ll have a couple of tough audiences that you are dealing with: the person that you deliver your speech to and the audience that they’ll be talking to. You have to really want to do this job and you’ll need to have some thick skin to put up with the times that your best work is not what people are looking for. Realize that praise and recognition of your work is not a guaranteed thing.

How To Write A Speech For Someone Else

What’s the best way to go about writing a speech for someone else? The key point to understand here is that this is a learning process for everyone involved. You need to understand what this job is going to require from you. There will be a great deal of research, ongoing studying, and attention to detail. You have to want to do it.

One of the key issues that you’ll discover when you take on a task like this is just how much time it is going to require from you. In the early stages, you need to assume that just creating a single speech will take up just about all of your available time. However, the good news is that once you are able to create speeches that meet with the approval of your important person, your speech production rate will increase. You should then be able to write multiple speeches each week.

Although you are the person who is writing the speech for the important person, there’s something important that you need to keep in mind while you are writing the speech. When the important person delivers the speech, the audience needs to believe that they wrote it themselves. This means that you’ll need to work the mannerisms and personal characteristics (including vocabulary) into the speech that you are creating.

What All Of This Means For You

If you can become recognized as an effective speaker, something magical may happen. An important person may hear one of your speeches, be impressed by it, and then ask you to write speeches for them so that they can make use of the benefits of public speaking. This is a real honor, now all you have to do is to figure out how to create a speech for someone else.

When you write a speech for someone else, hopefully you’ll have a chance to hear them present it. When this happens it can be a powerful moment when you see how your words are affecting the audience. The important person can cause change to occur each time they speak so being selected to write a speech for them is a big deal. There is a great deal of studying that will be required in order to do this job well. You’ll also have to make sure to create a speech that appears to have been written by the important person and has their mannerisms worked into it.

Being asked to create a speech for someone else allows you to take your speech writing skills to the next level. No longer are you creating a speech for you to give, now it’s someone else. This is a hard job, but if you can get good at it then you’ll have developed a new skill that will make you even more valuable than you are today!

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: How much time do you think that you’d have to spend with someone if you were writing a speech for them?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

As someone who has given some speeches, I suspect that you feel pretty comfortable writing your speeches. You may not like doing it (who does?), but when the time comes to get it done you sit down and take care of it. That’s all well and good, but what would you do if someone who understands the importance of public speaking asked you to write a speech for them? All of a sudden the speech that you’ll be creating is not your own – it will be spoken by someone else. How are you going to go about doing this?

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