Features of Effective Speech-Writing

For Danielle and all my wonderful fifth years, as requested. Should help you with your comprehension question “Identify and comment on four features of effective speech writing“! Remember to

  • Identify the technique – include quotes / examples
  • Comment on the effect of this technique on you – how it makes you feel, what image it creates in your mind, what it makes you think, how it changes your perception and gives you a new way of looking at the issue.


  1. Welcome the audience
  2. Introduce yourself (unless you’re really really famous!)
  3. Use informal language & slang (depends on context / audience)
  4. Involve the audience (personal pronouns / ask questions / interactive)
  5. Use humour
  6. Mention celebrities & cartoon characters
  7. Include pauses & gestures
  8. Facts & statistics
  9. Varied sentence length
  11. Personal Anecdotes
  12. Strong opinions expressed – backed up with relevant and logical examples.
  13. Metaphors
  14. Rhetorical Questions
  15. Repetition of key phrases (or plant and pay-off)
  16. Lists
  17. Proper nouns
  18. Urgent references to time
  19. Contrast
  20. Emotive language / Sensationalism / Dramatics
  21. Hyperbole
  22. Vivid feckin imagery!
  23. Thank the audience at the end.

If you want a more detailed discussion of the general effect of individual techniques, look here but remember, when you discuss the effectiveness of a technique in a text, you MUST make your answer zoom in on how the technique works in this SPECIFIC EXAMPLE, not in general.

10 responses to “Features of Effective Speech-Writing

  1. Thank you thank you thank you!
    Also (thankyou) your posts about Personal Essays cleared up so much!

    (Current LC student, not so freaked out anymore)

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  3. FreakingOutSixthYear

    Hi, this might be a stupid question but I must ask; when you say ‘include pauses and gestures’ do you mean write them into your speech in brackets like stage directions in the dialogue?
    P.S I am sickened I only found this site yesterday, it’s helping me so much!

    • Yeah, I do think putting the occasional reference to HOW you would say the speech (the pace, emotion or gesture that would accompany a word of phrase) in brackets is effective, but don’t overdo it. Perhaps 4 or 5 times total in your speech. Also, you could indicate emphasis by underlining a significant word or by capitalising it but again, less is more. Don’t have it plastered all over your writing. Best of luck with the study, sorry to hear you’ve only just discovered the site! Not to worry, better now than Thursday evening 😉

  4. sorry I want to know the convections of a speech

  5. kanyane Dimakatso

    Thanks for the information it was really helpful

  6. Arogunyo Taofeeq

    Thank you so very much, it really helped me.

  7. Thank you so much this has helped me a lot

  8. Pls i need some help. About the example of principles of characteristic of speech writing