Get more votes and win your election with these essential tips for student council speeches. Then, use the sample speech from Charlie, who followed these practices, to inspire your student council speech.
Remember, being elected to the student council is not just about the speech. It's also about how you conduct yourself before and after the speech, listen to your fellow students, and present yourself as a potential leader.
Imagine our candidate, Charlie. He walks up to the podium, adjusts the microphone, clears his throat, and begins the following excellent performance among several student council speeches on election day...
"Good afternoon, fellow students. My name is Charlie, and I am running for the position of class secretary.
Some of you may already know me, but for those who don't, let me tell you a bit about myself. I love baseball, and though I may not be the best player on the field, I always show up, giving it my all. I have a dog named Scout and we've been through quite a lot of adventures together. He's even taught me a thing or two about being a good friend and listener.
I’m running for class secretary because I believe in the power of teamwork, just as much as I believe in the power of a solid kick to a football… we’ll just ignore the times when some unexpected surprises have knocked me over! I understand the value of each individual’s contribution to the team, and as your secretary, I’d work diligently to ensure that all your voices are heard and recorded.
If elected, I have several plans to improve our school. First, I want to establish a regular feedback system where you, my fellow students, can voice your concerns, ideas, and suggestions. You know, like a suggestion box, but maybe something more exciting - perhaps a 'Great Idea Garden'? Second, I want to organize inclusive events that celebrate our diversity, where everyone can share their unique traditions and talents. Maybe our history enthusiast could teach us about archaeology, our pianist could play a concert, or our resident philosopher could host a philosophy club meeting.
I don’t have a magic blanket or cool alter ego. What I do have is the commitment to serve, the tenacity to overcome difficulties, and the willingness to listen and understand. I may have a reputation for being a bit of a dreamer, but one thing's for sure - I always try my hardest, and I never give up, no matter how many times I stumble.
To ensure everyone understands what I’m saying, I’ll say it simply: I’m running for class secretary to make our school a better place for all of us, where every voice matters.
Now, how many of you want to be a part of a school where everyone’s ideas are respected and heard? [pauses for response]
See? Together, we can make this happen.
I am Charlie, a simple guy with a big heart and bigger dreams for our school. I may not always kick the football just right, but I guarantee you, I will always work my hardest to kick our school’s spirit and unity into high gear.
So, when it's time to vote, I ask that you consider me, Charlie, for class secretary. Remember, a vote for Charlie is a vote for every single voice in our school to be heard, respected, and included.
[Charlie walks off the stage to a round of applause, feeling a little less like a dreamer and a little more like a potential class secretary.]
Avoid student council speeches like this creative and funny example from @snerixx below. In this sample, the author illustrates how sometimes student council speeches could be more genuine and make promises that can't be kept.
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