Hello and welcome,
Follow this speech formula and you can write an amazing speech on any subject, including an Icebreaker speech.
***If you're taking my program and you missed the Icebreaker lesson, then your homework is to write an Icebreaker! It's very simple, just follow the instructions below; make a mind map, come up with 3 facts about you, and then tell 3 stories.
There is no need to write a powerful opening or conclusion for the Icebreaker. To open the icebreaker speech simply say, "Hello and Welcome, my name is _______, this is my Icebreaker! 3 Facts about me are..."
List the facts, tell the stories and summarize!
Pro tip: It doesn't matter what kind of speech you are writing, you should unload all your knowledge about that subject. For Icebreakers just put your name in the middle of the mind map.
The goal is to unload all your knowledge and choose only your best stories for each presentation. Check out this mind map on time management. Somebody spent some time writing it out, and there is no need to be this detailed.
when it comes to narrowing down speech material, choose the best 6 facts and write them down:
1.__________________________________________________________________________ 2.__________________________________________________________________________ 3.__________________________________________________________________________
4.__________________________________________________________________________ 5.__________________________________________________________________________ 6.__________________________________________________________________________
Facts for example Time Management Speech:
Now choose the 3 most important facts for your speech and circle them!
Start every speech by greeting the audience.
Every time you are called on to speak say, "Hello and Welcome!" SMILE. Then introduce yourself or your speech subject.
Or, open your speech with a joke, powerful statement, question, quote and then say, "Hello and Welcome.”
For example: don't you hate it when people answer their own questions? I do! *pause. Hello and welcome."
Then, introduce your subject and list your three facts. For example, if you want to be a time management master then follow these three tips: one- use your brain effectively, two- let go, and three- make better decisions.
One _____________________________________________________________ Two_____________________________________________________________ Three___________________________________________________________
Now, repeat the facts in order and tell a supporting story for each fact. For example, you could say, "Fact one, use your brain effectively. In a study done by... blah, blah, blah.
Fact two. Let go. Now, let me tell you about the time I had to let something go! Blah, blah, and blah.
Fact three. Make better decisions. I have to tell you about the time my good friend, Spider-man, blah, blah, blah.
Then summarize, repeat your facts, and finish with a quote, joke, short story, or sum it up with a moral.
The template looks like this:
Look for places where you can insert a joke, or words of wisdom. For example, let’s say I’m writing a speech on kindness. I would Google “fables/metaphors/stories with morals about kindness.” There are many search results. I like the story of the sun and the wind. The sun and the wind argued over who was stronger. They decided that whoever could make a traveller take off his cloak would be stronger. The sun went behind a cloud and the wind only made the traveller clutch his coat more. The sun came from behind the cloud and the traveller got hot and took off his cloak. The moral is, “Kindness effects more than severity.” I would insert that story in my speech about kindness.
Stories are the best way to illustrate points. You can tell personal stories, other people's stories, or fictional stories. Stories don’t have to be positive but I like to make my stories end on a positive note. Insert a call to action if possible. For example: in a speech about kindness you could conclude by saying. “I want everybody in this room to make a conscious decision to be kind for the rest of today, smile!”
Boom, call to action!
Tips: be factual. It's not, let me tell you a story about my friend. It’s, let me tell you a story about my friend, Pete. Give your friend a name. It’s not, I downloaded a bunch of music. It’s, I downloaded (list 3 songs) Lady Gaga- just dance. Ariana Grande- thank you, next. And Biggie Smalls- Hypnotize. Even if you downloaded one hundred songs that day you should stick to the rule of three. Say, I downloaded one hundred songs like 1,2,3.
If you have one hundred facts, say, I have over 100 facts I could share but I don’t want to put you to sleep. Here are the three facts that are most important. Tell a story about each fact, why you chose it, and how that information makes the audience better. Use quotes to sum up the main point of a story. Let’s say you tell a story about the time your soccer team came back from a 5-1 loss. You were tired, your legs were weak, the rain smashed you like ice cubes, you wanted to give up, and your friend said, “Nothing worth having comes easy! Let’s do this!!!”
That quote sums up the long story longer situation.
exaggerate: you can beef up the funny by beefing up the story. Your discovery wasn't big, it was MASSIVE! You weren't driving fast you were driving down the highway at 500 miles an hour! Or something like that.
If you quote someone famous then tell the audience who it was. If you can't remember say, "A wise man once said... or... there is an old saying that goes."
Look for areas in your story that require you to speak with your hands. For example, hello and welcome. You want to use a lot of energy, open your palms and hands and reach out to the audience to say HELLO and WELCOME. Now continue practising your speech while consciously using your hands to describe what you are saying. This is great practice. I do it all the time, it’s hard for me to type because I’m trying to talk with my hands. Now, the last benefit of this speech writing formula is how easy it is to remember your speech.
The template makes it easy: hello and welcome, this is my subject, these are my three facts, state the fact to remember the story, and summarize.
There is no need to memorise your stories word for word. Its fun to tell the story a little differently each time through.
Personal stories are the easiest to remember because you have probably told the story before, or at least thought about it.
The point is that when you remember the fact, your brain tends to remember the story behind it.
To summarize the 3-Point Speech Formula: brainstorm, write, edit... Have fun!