Keep in mind these points emphasized by Doug Newsom and Bob Carrell in their book,:
Public Relations Writing: Form and Style
With speeches, the medium is the message -- you are more
dependent than ever on your collaboration with Jessica Haddaway,
or whoever it is you're working for, to put the message across.
That requires a close working relationship with your principal.
A speech is all about "one main idea" -- i.e., your
message. Make sure all your points are lined up to support that
message -- just as you do when you're writing a press release. In
a speech, the points are the main items in your "talking points,"
or "bullet points"... in a release, the points are each the
subject of a separate paragraph.
Keep it down to just 3-5 points -- ideally just three,, but sometimes that isn't possible. A press
release can cover 7 or 8 points (7 or 8 paragraphs between the
lead and the final quote) but you should be able to tick off the
points of a speech on the fingers of your hand. (I actually named
my thumb "financial mess" and my first finger "corruption," etc.,
when I used the talking points on page 4 of this lesson. I have
been known to write one-word reminders with a ballpoint pen on the
tips of my fingers, so I can work without my notes!)
Always read your speeches out loud as
you're writing them. Your writing is always improved when you
read it aloud, but this is especially true with speeches. Bad
phrases pop right out at you -- tongue twisters, phrases too long
to allow the speaker to take a breath, repetitions and other
things that "sound stupid" -- you'll catch them when you hear
them, but you won't hear them if you don't read them out loud.
Presentations -- speeches that are essentially
scripts, to accompany elaborate visuals -- are a separate "art
form." I'm not covering them in this lesson...in fact,
they're a whole separate class offered in the Marketing
Communication Department of Columbia College, called "PR
Brief remarks are an important category of
speechwriting. There will be many more opportunities to speak briefly,
than there will to give a formal address. When you have equipped
your clients with a set of bullet points they'll be able to
state the message, tick off 3-5 examples, and restate the message,
almost as effectively as if they were a short advertisement or
PSA... for example, if you're at a public meeting but not on the
list of speakers, you can make an effective statement during the
question-and-answer period... and the bullet points are also
useful for a short response to an interviewer's question.
Keep up the good work,