How to write a script for a speech contest or a talent competition

Winning a talent competition or a speaking contest begins with good writing. So does any speech where you hope to change attitudes, entertain or lead people to action. Here is how to write the script.

Are you planning to vie for the coveted Miss Universe title? Perhaps not, but there is a lot to be learned from “talent competitions” and speech contests about being an effective speaker. A well-crafted speech can win speaking contests at Toastmasters. It can win a seat on the school board or town council. Or it can win people to your cause.

I will share two example talent competition speeches with you, along with some analysis. You might notice a few (or several) things that I don’t cover. Feel free to add them in the comments.

Then I will share a sample talent competition speech we wrote for a client, as an example of a good speech competition script. [Read more…]

How to write a maid of honor speech – with examples

The bride has just asked you to be the maid of honor and, oh, by the way, would you like to give a speech? No worries – you got this. Here are four examples of successful maid of honor speeches we have written for real weddings.

The bride did not choose you to be maid of honor for your speaking abilities. She chose you out of love. And love might inspire your speech, but you still need to know what to say and how to say it.

If you are looking for maid of honor speech ideas or examples of maid of honor speeches, read on. [Read more…]

Best man speech examples – tips and ideas for a best man wedding speech

So you’re the best man or groomsman, and you’ve been asked to speak. No problem. Here are five examples of best man speeches that have been huge successes at real weddings.

Nobody has ever been chosen as a groomsman or a best man because they are great speakers, and certainly not because they are great speechwriters. If you are looking for best man speech examples or best man speech ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

A good best man wedding speech is heartfelt and funny. But most of all, it is personal. Each of these short best man speeches was hand crafted by our speech writers. You can pick up ideas from them, or you can hire our best man speech writers to write just as wonderful and personal a custom speech for you. [Read more…]

How to write a commencement speech

A commencement or convocation speech should deliver a powerful message, one that students can draw on for inspiration in their lives beyond the academic walls.

Commencement speeches, typically about 10 minutes long, have the power to change lives. Not usually in big ways, of course. More in the sense of giving an uplifting message that students can take with them from graduation out into the world when they need inspiration.

Sevy Petras is co-owner of Priority Life Care, a chain of retirement homes. She was invited to speak to the graduating class at Tiffin University in Ohio. [Read more…]

Poetry and Rhetoric in Washington DC

How do you inspire a divided nation to unite around a common cause? With poetry, of course.

The world was held spellbound on January 20, 2021, as a 22-year-old read poetry composed almost up to the last minute for Joe Biden’s inauguration.

There have been only seven inaugural poets in US history. Amanda Gorman is the youngest. And two weeks prior to her recital, she was still struggling to put it all together. [Read more…]

Political speechwriters must leverage authenticity

Speechwriting is a special skill. And political speeches require an extra layer of understanding.Most of all, they require authenticity.

What is the most important feature of a political speech?

  1. Ideas?
  2. Vision?
  3. Alliteration?
  4. Emotion?
  5. Leadership?
  6. Credibility?

No. No. No. No. No. No. Authenticity. That’s the key on which all of the above rest. [Read more…]

Speech: Support your kids to keep them in school

This is an important speech about staying in school that every parent should read.

We help write a lot of speeches. But few are as important as this one. I don’t mean to diminish the importance of Best Man speeches or Maid-of-honor speeches. But this one can turn people’s lives around.

You’ve heard the “stay in school” message for teenagers countless times. This is not a message for teenagers. This is the speech about staying in school that parents should read while their children are still in elementary school. In fact, the earlier the better.

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How to write a best man speech

Our approach to writing a great best man speech is to make it personal.  There are plenty of places online to find generic speech templates with canned jokes that might even be funny, but that’s not ho to write a best man speech?

It’s that time of year again.  No, I am not talking about spring.  I am talking about best man speech writing season, which always comes just before wedding season. 

Best man speeches are among my favorite writing projects, so if you know anyone who might soon be giving a best man speech, please send them my way. But be forewarned – I will ask questions! [Read more…]