Typically, organizations simply as their ‘Ask Speaker’ to write a speech. The ‘Ask Speaker’ then goes homes, spends a few hours creating a speech. When the show it to you, it may need lots of revisions, edits or an entirely new speech created. This can create an uncomfortable situation because you know the speech needs edits in order to create impact with the audience, but you don’t want to hurt the feelings of your speaker and have them spend more time rewriting a new speech. The solution for this sticky situation is providing them parameters. Prior to asking you speaker to write a speech, work the you communications and development department to create five to seven questions for your speaker. In this way, you speaker will cover the topics that you want, and will ensure that your speaker stays on message. Additionally you will skip any awkward moments editing the script and your speaker will be so pleased when you praise their words.
Practice, Practice, Practice
After asking your speaker to write their speech, many people from the organization should edit the speech for flow and clarity. Your speaker should practice their speech several times before the event. On the day of the event, build 30-40 minutes into your setup timeline to rehearse the speech with your speaker at the podium. You want to make sure your speaker not only writes well, but is also an effective orator. They should practice where to pause, breathe, look at the audience, and get on and off the stage. And, don’t allow your speaker to memorize their speech. There may be some last minute edits and your speaker should be flexible in adjusting to those edits. It’s harder to be open to changes in the speech if it is already committed to memory. Because you’re asking people to give their money to your organization, you want to make sure you have a flawless delivery.
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