The 5-Minute Speech and How to Write One
Many people feel nervous before giving a speech, and there is added pressure if you have to get your message across in a short space of time. It is a challenge to be sure to include all the various crucial points that make your speech impactful and engaging.
To overcome this challenge we suggest that you prepare a speech outline that includes all those points that can illustrate your central idea, but which you can cover in the allotted time.
In this article, we will take a quick look at how to write a 5-minute speech having defined all of your core points. Let’s first understand where these types of speeches are required the most.
When are 5-Minute Speeches Required?
Here are some specific situations where you may be asked to deliver a 5-minute speech.
- Introducing a new employee in the company and letting everyone know about his designation and experience.
- Making a special event announcement in the office where you have to describe the importance of that event.
- Pitching a service or product to customers with a simple yet effective speech.
- Offering a short speech at the opening of a business such as a real estate company. In this case, you can deliver a strong 5-minute speech along with catchy real estate slogans.
- Describing your favorite personality’s contribution to society at a charity event.
- Giving a speech at a wedding or a funeral to describe some special memories.
Besides these situations, there are a number of other situations where you may have to give a quick speech. Therefore, always try to be prepared with simple, sample outlines to deliver speeches that can grab people’s attention.
How to Write a 5-Minute Speech?
Here are some important points to remember when writing a short speech for any special event.
Consider Your Audience
Before starting to write a speech, you need to first analyze the audience properly. This is necessary because it will help you to prepare a speech that will engage them specifically. It will simplify your selection of words and tone that fit the audience best.
Create an Outline
Once you understand your audience, shift your focus to the preparation of a strong speech outline.
You have to keep various factors in mind while creating an overall outline. You need to consider the time limitation, and how to define your thoughts inside the frame. Create an outline that is short, but covers all the points that need to be described to the audience. Do not include what you will say, just stick to the points you need to make for now.
Start with Powerful Words
Now, it is time to start writing your actual speech, opening it with some thought-provoking words. The start of your speech can really make or break your whole presentation. Therefore, try to come up with those words that will grab your audience’s attention. It could be a factual example, an anecdote, or an inspirational quote. Choose your opening words to influence the audience that you have identified.
Stay Clear with Your Central Message
The central message of your speech should always be loud and clear. Pick words that simplify your message and enhance your audience’s understanding, allowing them to remember your speech for a long time.
Conclude the Speech with Inspirational Words
End your speech with some lines that will invoke positive thoughts among your audience. As a professional speaker, this is your chance to maintain the interest of listeners even after you have concluded your speech. That could be done by making your conclusion powerful and uniquely attractive. It should also include the central message.
Public speaking is not easy. It requires you to have complete confidence in your words and body language. It is even more challenging when you have limited time to get your points across and engage your audience.
Consider the above tips to ensure that your short speeches are powerful and insightful for your audience. These tips will simplify your speech preparation process, allowing you to deliver a great thought-provoking message in 5 minutes or less.
This was originally posted on SpeakerHub Skillcamp.