Personal Notes On Public Speaking [Unofficial]


  • First make a high level plan of the main topics of the speech and how they fit together, how to unfold them gradually. Then fill out the details.
  • The speech (political) should be more of “what you guys can accomplish through my efforts and plans” than “what I can / shall do”.
  • Painting pictures, showing people image with words 
    • Pictures are better at inducing emotions.
      • “I have a dream that someday ……. (words that paint pictures)”
  • Humor 
    • grabbing attention
  • Emotion in voice, facial expression, body language
  • Continuity of subject matter from start to end
  • Focus on your Audience.  
    • Specialization of majority, interest, knowledge
  • Rhyme, alliterations 
    • Examples:
      • “Slowly but surely …”
    • Sticks to audiences’ minds. 
    • What else?