The Basic Guide to Speech Writing

In reality, there is no single right or wrong way to write a speech. But that's not exactly a helpful piece of advice if you have never written a speech before. This guide will help you make a start on writing a good speech, no matter the subject, audience or occasion.

The Speech Structure:

Before we start writing our speech, let's understand how we can structure our speech.

Speeches are very similar to essays, as the majority of them will have an introduction, a body and a conclusion.


The Introduction is where you get your audience interested in what you're saying and establish your relationship with the audience. It is also a good idea to establish why they should listen to you in the first place


The body of your speech is where you will discuss most of your information, ie the stuff that people are listening for. Most speech bodies have about 3 paragraphs and make up about 75% of the speech.


The conclusion where you summerize your information, and give your audience something to remember and hopefully act on.

Many people like to think of this speech structure like a sandwich. The body of your speech is all the tasty bits you actually want, and the introduction and conclusion is the bread that holds it all together.

Sometimes included: Preamble