Writing A Graduation Speech

There is lots of advice out there on how to give a big speech in front of an audience. What are the things that one must consider when writing a speech? The audience for one. So, how can you come up with a great speech that is guaranteed to get applause?

Erica DesaiKeep it simple. Sometimes there is a temptation in a speech to cram everything you have to say into a short time. Instead of trying to fit too many points into a speech, try to make your remarks fit the time allotted. If you’ve got five minutes to speak, you shouldn’t have more than three main points.

Start planning in advance whether you have five days notice before your speech or an hour. If you’re trying to narrow down a speech, your planning might consist of coming up with three main points that are targeted at getting everyone’s attention. Another important part of preparing is to rehearse in front of other people at least a few times.

In all of history, I don’t think anyone has ever said, “I wish that speech had been longer.” So try not to run way over the time allotted or ramble. If you’ve run out of time and forgot to touch on a major point, try to sum it up briefly.

When Erica Desai graduated, she had to give a speech at graduation that would sum up their journey into adulthood. “Let us be the best that we can be so that we may fill our lives and the lives of those closest to us with happiness and with pride. We’ve already taken the first step by making it to this ceremony today—now, it’s time to take the next steps in the journey that is our lives and begin to build our futures.”