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Handy Tool for Timing your Speech

When you're asked to prepare a speech, you're often given a specific time frame in which you have to deliver it. And it can be quite challenging to ensure your speech will fit into that time frame as you're writing it.

That's where a free tool called Readtime© can come in very handy!

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How to time your speech

Head over to Readtime© and you'll see some introductory text.

Click the stopwatch tab under the text, then start it as you begin reading. Press stop once you've finished and you'll be able to see your personal reading speed for that particular piece of text. Use the slider to then adjust the tool to your personal speed and you're ready to go.

Simply copy and paste the text of your speech into the tool and it will now tell you approximately how long it will take you to read it. Since we all vary quite a bit in our reading speeds, this is so much more accurate than estimating the length using an average reading speed.

Don't forget to also check out this free public speaking app to help you prepare for the big day!

Time Management for College Students

Time management for college students - tips for ensuring success in your academic AND your social life!

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40th Birthday Speech Example

This free 40th birthday speech should give you some great ideas on what to include when you're asked to speak on this very special occasion.

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Speech Introductions

Strong speech introductions will make your audience want to hear more and can sometimes be the most memorable parts of your presentations.

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The BEST Public Speaking App to Reduce Anxiety

This public speaking app helps you practice speaking to a real audience, from the comfort of your own home. A great way to reduce anxiety!

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Merry Christmas from Best Speech Topics

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7 Great Ways to Start Your Speech

Audiences tend to make judgments about speakers VERY early in their presentation.

7 ways to start a speech

This means that you only really have about 40 to 60 seconds to grab their attention and sound interesting!

After that, you may have lost them... and it can be very difficult to get their interest again.

So here are seven surefire ways to get people listening to what you have to say!

NOTE: Whichever one you choose, make sure you START your speech with it.

Avoid waffling on beforehand "here's an interesting fact, here's a good quote I found etc".

Instead, just get in there and deliver the quote/fact/joke etc as the first words you speak.

1. Give a Startling Fact, Relevant to your Topic

Example: in 1980 Detroit presented Saddam Hussein with a key to the city (yes, this is true).

Something like this would work well with a speech about getting things wrong, poor judgment etc!

2. Share a Shocking Statistic

Useful for informative speeches.

Example: According to a study by the US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the US can't read.

3. Tell a Joke

Use jokes with caution – they are not appropriate for all speeches. But a well-placed joke can break the ice and help an audience warm to you.

Example: "I've just started a fundraising campaign for golfers who don't like putting. Feel free to chip in!"

This one would be ideal for a golf tournament speech, fundraising speech etc.

4. Share a Personal Story

As long as it's interesting, start with a personal story. People have a natural curiosity about others – and if they can identify with you, they'll be keen to hear what else you have to say.

5. Ask a Question

Getting your audience involved from the outset is a GREAT way to get their attention. Asking a question makes people really THINK about what you're saying, also making them more likely to remember you.

Example: How many of you have thought about volunteering in your community, but do not know where to start?

6. Use a Quote

Good quotes are great attention grabbers and it's usually very easy to find one to tie in with your topic. They work particularly well with inspirational speeches, but someone has had something profound to say about almost any topic you can think of!

Example: I think being fearless is having fears, but jumping anyway (Taylor Swift).

7. Use Props

An eye-catching prop will get most people's interest. The secret is to keep it covered up, then reveal it at an appropriate moment.

Example: A visitor to Best Speech Topics sent in a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the speech she'd written about smoking. It contained shocking images of the damage smoking does to the human body.

I think you'd agree that most of the speech starters given here would make you want to hear more if YOU were the listener.

So keep this in mind when preparing your next presentation and deliver an opening that hooks your audience from the very beginning.

Good Persuasive Speeches - Tips for Success

How to prepare good persuasive speeches and deliver an outstanding presentation that sways your listeners' point of view.

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Good Controversial Speech Topics

Here is a list of 30 good controversial speech topics to consider using for your next presentation. Once you've settled on an idea, make sure you argue your point of view rather than just inform your audience of the facts.

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Sample Student Council Speech

Use this sample student council speech - sent in by a visitor to this site - as inspiration for your OWN speech.

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Funeral Speech - Some Helpful Tips For Writing a Eulogy

Writing a funeral speech is never an easy task. Having to deliver the eulogy of someone close to you is an honor yet at the same time something no one really wants to have to do. Here are some helpful tips that may make delivering this type of speech easier.

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Fear of Public Speaking

A fear of public speaking is common, but it CAN be overcome. Use these 10 tips to help you overcome your anxiety about speaking in public.

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Everyday Ways to Practice Public Speaking

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Do you remember the first time you went out in your car alone after passing your test?

Chances are you were somewhat nervous. Driving seemed easy with an instructor beside you, but doing it alone was daunting. You may not have felt too confident about it at all.

For some, the nerves can even become paralyzing. Many new drivers postpone that first solo journey or agonize over it beforehand.

So how did you eventually overcome that lack of confidence?

By getting in your car and driving, driving, driving.

And of course, the more you drove, the easier it became. Eventually you forgot that you were ever nervous in the first place.

And it can be the same with speaking in public.

One of the best ways to overcome your fear of public speaking is to MAKE yourself do it. As often as possible.

Yes, you can read self-help books for dealing with anxiety. But nothing can replace ACTUAL experience in speaking in front of an audience.

Try to put yourself in situations that require you to speak up.

Making yourself the center of attention may feel excruciating at first. But the second and third times will not feel quite as bad. With each situation where you make your voice heard, you will find your confidence building.

Where You Can Practice Public Speaking

  • In front of friends and family. Some people find this even harder than speaking in front of strangers. So speaking at home or in the homes of friends is a great place to start.

  • Offer to read or speak in church.

  • Look for opportunities to engage with others, in situations where you normally wouldn't speak. Start conversations at the cashier's desk or in the school playground. Learn to feel comfortable communicating with other people.

  • Enrol on a public speaking course. There, you will need to put what you learn into practice. Or find a meet-up near you devoted to public speaking.

  • Volunteer to speak in ANY situation that might demand it. If someone is needed to make a short presentation at work, VOLUNTEER. If you feel too shy to give input at meetings, FORCE YOURSELF TO SPEAK UP. If you are in a social situation, take the opportunity to give a toast, or to say a few words of thanks.

You may never completely rid yourself of your public speaking anxiety. But you can certainly get your fear to a manageable level. This will not only give you the ability to speak in public, but to do it WELL.

How to Effectively Use Handouts In Your Speech

Using handouts - printed information, graphics or diagrams that you pass out to your audience - can enhance your speech and make it memorable.

Used the wrong way, though, handouts can actually do more harm than good!

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What NOT to do with your handouts

You've spent time before your presentation creating excellent handouts, full of useful information and maybe with an eye-catching design.

So what's going to happen if you distribute these handouts to your listeners, right in the middle of your speech?

Well, your audience will very likely READ them... and stop listening to you!

It's the quickest way to lose that all-important engagement with your audience, which can be tough to recapture.

Save your handouts to the very END of your presentation. They give your audience members something to take away with them and help them remember the main message of your speech.

NOTE: The only exception to this rule will be if your audience members actually NEED the handout during the speech - perhaps to refer to some facts or figures. In that case, distribute the handout at the exact point in the speech that you want them to look at it.

Tips for producing a perfect handout

  • Make it look professional. This is the tool you are using to help people remember you, so you need to make a good impression.

  • Make the handout easy to read by breaking up long chunks of text into smaller paragraphs and using bulleted lists (like this one) where appropriate. Pick a plain, legible font and include plenty of white space.

  • Use the handout to provide the extra information that you omitted from your speech to keep it short and sweet!

  • Include your bio and contact details, so that audience members can get in touch with you for more information.

Turn a GOOD Speech into a MEMORABLE Speech

You plan to give a good introduction, make a powerful speech, use visual aids, possibly inject a little humor into your words to make people laugh, tap into their emotions etc. What ELSE can you do to make your presentation memorable?

You can ensure your conclusion is as powerful as your introduction!

And the best way to do this is to summarize the main points you made in your speech.

Give your speech a strong conclusion

This really helps reinforce those points in the minds of your listeners, giving them something to 'take away' with them afterwards. If your speech contains any type of advice or call to action, then this is the time to repeat it... galvanizing your audience into taking the steps you recommend!

Consider finishing with a strong quotation that ties in nicely with your overall theme - and you'll be sure to make a lasting impression that will either stir your audience or tug at their heart strings, depending on the theme of your message.

How to Improve Your Confidence and Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety

How to Win Friends and Influence People - the book that can help you deliver your speeches with confidence.

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Persuasive Speech Topics for Teens

Persuasive speech topics for teens need to address the issues young people REALLY care about! This will ensure the finished speech isn't just interesting to write, but is also compelling to listen to.

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5 Ingredients for a Killer Speech

Ever sat through a boring speech? I know I have - and there's nothing worse than listening to someone droning on about something that interests us very little.

Here are five surefire ways to make YOUR speech interesting and to ensure there's no yawning or glazed expressions in YOUR audience.

1. Start (and end) with a bang! You can pretty much guarantee that your audience WILL pay attention to the first minute or two of your speech - after that, their attention may begin to wander. So make sure your opening line serves as a 'hook' to draw your audience in and keep them listening. Try telling an (appropriate) joke, sharing a startling fact or asking a question and inviting answers.

2. Plan the structure of your speech carefully. Drifting from one idea to another with no logical sequence means that your audience will have difficulty following your train of thought – so they'll simply give up trying and sit there just waiting for you to finish, while they mentally plan what's for dinner. Be clear on your main ideas, move smoothly from one to the next using transitional vocabulary and don't contradict yourself.

3. Make sure your subject matter will interest your audience and not just yourself! Unless the topic of your speech has been predetermined in some way, take time to analyze your listeners and ensure the topic of your speech is something that will appeal to them. If you don't have any flexibility with the SUBJECT of your speech, at least ensure the TONE you use is the right one for YOUR audience.

4. Use 'props' to make some of your points instead of delivering them all verbally. For example, brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor – who suffered a massive stroke and studied it as it happened – delivered a talk about her experience and used an actual brain to reinforce the point she was making. You can also try to come up with analogies for the major points of your speech, then find those items to represent your ideas.

5. Keep in mind that shorter is better! If you have the freedom to choose the length of your speech, don't abuse it by delivering an epic-length presentation. Keeping things brief gives you the opportunity to hold your audience's attention from the beginning of your speech to the end, gives you less time to make a mistake and allows you to deliver your memorable closing sentences whilst your audience is still listening!

5 ingredients for a killer speech

Should You Let Your Audience Ask Questions During Your Speech?

In some situations you may be required to give a speech during which inviting questions would be appropriate.

But is it a good idea to allow questions in the course of the speech?

Audience asking questions during a speech

On the one hand, answering questions as you go along can be a good thing.

It can actually help you relax, as it creates a friendly atmosphere (of course, this is only true if you know your subject very well, so make sure that you do!).

It helps you connect with your listeners and gives them a warm feeling about you.

It clarifies your points in their minds, so they really 'take something away' after listening to you. This is particularly important during a demonstration speech, for example, when your audience really does need to understand the steps you're showing them.

On the other hand, though, questions can be distracting and – if you're already nervous – may cause you to lose your train of thought.

Interruptions may also lessen the impact of your words.

Imagine, for example, that you are giving a persuasive speech, where your goal is to influence the opinions of your listeners.

With a good persuasive speech, you will carefully build your case as you go along and – hopefully – end with a 'bang', using a powerful, thought-provoking comment, statement or quote.

A question asked at the 'wrong' time could interrupt your flow and make the climax of your speech less powerful… and less persuasive.

With speeches of this nature, then, my recommendation would be to announce at the beginning of your speech that you will be holding a 10 minute Q&A session at the end.

This will ensure that you're able to deliver your message flawlessly, yet still meet the objective of thoroughly engaging and communicating with your audience.

Still nervous about speaking in public?

Read these 5 hypnotic techniques to enrapture your listeners

Persuasive Speech Ideas

Persuasive speech ideas that come from your own personal experience are often better than the overdone speech ideas you see on many speech topics sites. Get some great ideas on how to come up with persuasive topics that will have your audience glued to every word you say.

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Example Persuasive Speech

Here is an example persuasive speech on integrating energy medicine into mainstream medical institutions, which is something I believe in. When you need to persuade an audience, make sure you choose a topic you are passionate about.

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Making a Speech - Should You Dress to Impress?

Dressing right to make a speech

It's a good question and one to which the answer seems obvious - but there are a couple of other considerations to take into account when choosing the wardrobe for your big day.

Whilst it's important to look smart and to dress appropriately for the venue in which you'll be presenting your speech, dressing solely to impress might be a mistake.

Instead, you should aim to be dressed presentably AND comfortably in clothes that make you feel good.

The reason is simple - feeling good will give you confidence, and this will really come across in your delivery!

Public speaking can be nerve wracking enough, so fretting over whether or not your clothing looks good will simply add to your stress and leave you feeling even less inclined to stand up in front of a crowd.

Feel as if you're looking sharp, however, and you'll be MUCH happier about facing your audience!

Pair this confidence with a smile at the start of your speech (if appropriate to the occasion, of course) and your audience will warm to you immediately.

Religious Speech Given at Homeschool Graduation

This religious speech was written by a visitor to my site. She gave this beautifully written speech as she graduated from homeschooling - use it for inspiration to craft your own powerful speech for graduation.

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Need Help Writing a Speech or Need a Speech Written from Scratch?

If you need help writing a speech – or would like to have a completed speech written for you from scratch – then fill out the form and let's get started.

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Free Persuasive Speech

This free persuasive speech is about the role of marriage in society - a topic about which I'm passionate. Choose a persuasive speech topic that YOU care about and you'll find it easy to come up with just the right words.

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A Persuasive Speech & Outline

Using a persuasive speech and outline before you begin writing on your chosen topic will allow you to create a presentation that flows more smoothly, not only when you're putting it down on paper but when you're presenting it as well.

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Visual Aid Speech Topics

Visual aid speech topics are many and varied. The use of props in speech presentations helps to get your message across in a clear, concise and memorable manner. Using props in your speeches can help you to keep your audience more engaged in your subject matter so that they walk away with more knowledge than they had before listening to your talk.

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Expository Speech Topics - Invaluable Tips and Suggestions

Expository speech topics - understand WHAT they are and see my suggestions for great topics to try.

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Impromptu Speech Topics - How to Deal With Them Effortlessly!

Impromptu speech topics are often the most difficult areas to handle in speech-making. Learn how to handle an impromptu speech easily.

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Free Graduation Speech

A free graduation speech for university and college students. Being asked to speak at your graduation ceremony is an honor. Use this speech to give you ideas of how to structure your own.

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Persuasive Speech Example - Ban Smoking in all Public Places

Read this persuasive speech example on the dangers of secondhand smoke to get a feel of what a good persuasive speech is all about. Although it contains plenty of facts, you'll see how gestures and exaggeration can be used to bring your audience around to your point of view.

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Quotes for Graduation Speeches

Use these quotes for graduation speeches for inspiraton. Often a quote is a good way to start to brainstorm what you want to say at your graduation ceremony.

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Father of the Groom Speech

Personalize this father of the groom speech to help you create your own toast to the happy couple. Make your son proud on one of the most important days of his life!

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Self Introduction Speech - Mastering the Art of Introducing Yourself

Self introduction speech: Master the art of introducing yourself in a business or academic setting. Give the best possible first impression when giving a self-introductory speech with these tips and example speech.

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Motivational Speech on Losing Weight and Keeping it Off

Read this example motivational speech on losing weight - it will give you some ideas of what to include in a presentation in order to motivate your audience and inspire them to take action.

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Example of a Persuasive Speech

This example of a persuasive speech is on gender selection, a subject about which I'm passionate! If you hope to persuade your audience to adopt your way of thinking, then you MUST choose a topic you care about.

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100 Demonstration Speech Topic Ideas

100 demonstration speech topic ideas to help you prepare for your next public speaking assignment. These how-to topics are fun to talk about and cover a huge range of activities - you're bound to find one to work with!

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Sample Persuasive Speech

This sample persuasive speech was sent in by a visitor to this website. His passion for the topic just shines through, making this speech one that's very likely to achieve its goal!

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College Graduation Speech - An Example On Which to Model Your Own

This college graduation speech was sent into me by a visitor to this website. It's an excellent example to look at when creating a similar speech of your own.

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Opinion Speech Topics - How to Create a Persuasive Presentation

How to choose opinion speech topics and put together a powerful presentation that will persuade your audience.

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5 Tips for Giving an Outdoor Speech

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Have you ever had to speak out in the open air? It can feel quite different to giving a speech indoors - and there may be a few things about outdoor speaking you hadn't considered!

Here are my 5 tips for delivering a successful outdoor speech...

  • Hook your audience with a powerful opening line. This is true of any speech, but particularly so when your audience has a hundred other things to distract their eyes - and attention - from you!
  • Make yourself heard! Hopefully, the organizers of an outdoor event requiring a speech will have provided appropriate audio equipment. If not, speak up and project your voice as much as possible (also, see if there's a small raised platform you can stand on, which will help).
  • Be prepared for unexpected noises. From blaring fire trucks to rolling thunder, ANYTHING can come along to interrupt your speech when you're outside. Be ready for the unexpected, laugh it off and continue. Don't allow it to rattle you to the point where you "fluff your lines".
  • Position yourself so you're not facing the sun. It's not usually acceptable to wear sunglasses during a speech, but you don't want to be squinting, or (if you have sensitive eyes like mine) sneezing through it either.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. You don't want to be sweating in the blazing sun or shivering in a bitter wind. Not only is it uncomfortable, it's distracting and can really affect your delivery!

Have any good tips for speaking outdoors or any experiences to share? Please do contact me and let me know!

Persuasive Speech Topic for High School

Bullying makes a very relevant persuasive speech topic for high school. This speech - submitted by a visitor to this site - is an excellent example.

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Create Speech Titles With Impact!

Speech titles are a VERY important part of your speech. Discover how to write memorable ones for maximum impact.

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Children and Cell Phones Speech Sample

Children and cell phones, do they go together? Use this sample pro-con speech, which compares positives and negatives, as a framework for writing your own. Alternatively, adapt it to produce a controversial speech.

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7 Unique Speech Topics to Keep Your Audience Engaged

7 unique speech topics to wow your listeners and help you avoid giving yet another dry, boring speech. Instead, have your audience hanging onto your every word.

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Inspirational Speech Topics - How to Find the Words That Inspire

Inspirational speech topics don't have to be difficult. Write them with a voice of authenticity and you will have your audience on their feet and you might just change some lives.

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Interesting Speech Topics - 3 Ways to Come up with Great Ideas

Interesting speech topics can be a little tricky to find, so use these 3 ways to come up with great ideas for your next speech presentation.

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Persuasive Speech on the Benefits of Requiring School Uniforms

Use this persuasive speech sample on having a mandatory school uniform policy to help you create a great persuasive presentation of your own.

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