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What is a Speech - An Introduction

Dec 11, 2007
We begin our discussion on asking asking questions- What is a speech? What is meant by an effective speech? How will you develop a persuasive speech? What are the components of effective speech?Well, all of these questions will be answered by reading throughout the article.

A lot of individuals- when asked regarding speech- would only discuss about introduction, body, and the conclusion or the ending. However, if we talk on about the speech deeper, we find that speech is more than just the word or the body of speech. There is a need to consider on how to capture your listeners' interest, how to carry yourself also- and all the other components of an effective speech.

To be able to bring out an effective speech, you will consider the importance of your body languages. Having an appropriate body languages in your speech conveys the sincerity of words coming from your mouth; this also conveys to the listening public that you a confident enough to deliver a persuasive speech. Body languages also mean that you are telling to your audience the speech of substantial truth.

One of essential components of an effective speech that you need to consider as well is what we call articulation. You need to convey a message that is best delivered by your vocal chord; on how you say things that you need to deliver in the most ideal delivery. Of course, you are aware that when you get nervous, there is a difficult controlling of voice and your mouth as well. When you think that you are to encounter such a scenario, be prepared. You can drink your water before or during your speech because it is really essential that you are able to deliver all words- and their thoughts- to your listeners.

You also have to consider the pronunciation as a contributory factor for effective-speech delivery. There is no room for 'uh' or any other filler because this does ruin the message that you want your public listeners understood. Persuasive speech means that you are certain on what word you want to say and you do not.

Your pitch also affects the way you deliver your speech in it sounds. Remember to strive in doing everything to avoid being monotone. However, you also have to be aware that you are not sounding like too much excited about what you are doing.

Another thing that you need to consider as one of the prime components of an effective speech is the speed and pauses. When we talk of speed, you need to learn on how to appropriately deliver it a much ideal time intervals. Your audience also not want you to appear like you are giving a lecture. In other words, you have to make sure to deliver an effective speech by speaking comfortably that every listener understands what you are saying.

For pauses, you can make it to deliver a persuasive speech if you are able to include the right pauses. In case of a written speech, you can have right pauses by marking your pauses in it. Remember to include pauses to some information that you want to emphasize in your speech.

Keep in mind that your speech is more than just words, it is everything. It is your posture, it is your vocals, it is everything that you need to say and deliver your speech. You should always keep that in mind when giving a speech of any sorts.

So, again, what is a speech? Keep in mind that effective speeches are not just the words in it. You have to consider your vocal, posture, the intonation- everything that is needed as mentioned.
About the Author
Stephen C Campbell (Master NLP Practitioner) has published more information about effective speech-making and public speaking at
http://www.speechmaking101.com/
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