– Analyze and understand the audience.
Why am I presenting?
What do I want my audience to know or do after the presentation?
What does my audience want to achieve?
Fourth-Grade It: I want you to __________.
Think, brainstorm for ideas.
Research the topic to explore precedent.
Gather evidence for support (Statistics, Testimonials, Anecdotes, Analogies).
Organize – show your audience that you care by putting the material in an order that will make sense to them.
Use the information compiled during planning.
Write freely and quickly – it can be revised / edited later.
Listen for consistent tone.
Listen for conciseness (take words / sentences / points out and still keep the same meaning / spirit).
Check for clarity – if you were in the audience and listened to this speech, would you be clear on what to do?
Verify word choice – use audience-appropriate / user-friendly language.
Improve style – re-position points to improve the flow of information.
-Present the speech – again, in front of a “test” audience, if you can, or even a voice or video recorder.
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