Nursery Rhymes

Prompt Cards

  • Break your speech down into shortsections:

    • Your Opener - the opening, ice-breaker or attention grabber

    • Your Introduction - Tell them what the speech is about and what your main point will be

    • The Main Body - Create a prompt card for each of your
      main points.
      Sort your prompt cards into order of importance and effectiveness

    • Your Conclusion - Try to 'Go out with a Bang' or end with
      a punch line

    • Linking Sections - Think of ways you can link
      each of the sections together so your speech will flow

    • When you're happy with the order, links and content of
      your speech clearly number each of the Prompt Cards

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Prompt Cards

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Quotes about Speeches
Take heart from the following famous quotes about making and writing speeches!

  • "It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech."
    Mark Twain (1835-1910) American author

  • "The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance."
     American actress and writer Ruth Gordon (1896-1985)

  • "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!"
    Rufus Isaacs, Lord Reading (1860-1935) English politician

  • "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."
     Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) US President

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