You have been asked to give a speech on Teacher's Day and are all excited about it. But, before you pick up the pen and paper to jot down what you think is going to be one of the greatest speeches, do take this into consideration. How many times have you attended a lecture and fell asleep half way through it? A great speech comprises well-crafted words, focus, length, speaker's actions and a few other elements that we will be talking about in this article. So, before you put pen on paper just read on to find out how to prepare a great speech; one that would be admired by your teachers, fellow students and would earn you a place in the school's Hall of Fame.
A long speech without breaks would tire out your audience. So, before you begin to pen your speech prepare a draft. This would have a rough sketch of all the things you have in mind; that you would like to make part of your speech. Break your speech into relevant paragraphs and sub-heads. Write the relevant content under each sub-head. But make sure that the content should gel with the sub-head. If your sub-head is focused on a particular topic and the content underneath it is going in a different direction, then it is sure to infuriate your audience and mar what could otherwise have been a fabulous speech.
The opening address has to be crisp, clear and to the point. Begin by addressing your principal, teachers, fellow students and other audience present in the hall. Your speech should talk about the relevance of Teacher's day, what changes has the day seen since its inception in 1962, and the role that teachers have played in the growth of the nation.
Do include some quotes or examples of great teachers who shaped the education system in the country such as Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Savitribai Phule, APJ Abdul Kalam, Dr Asima Chatterjee and Dr Manmohan Singh. It would give your speech a truly global appeal if you could include the names of some famous foreign teachers as well. Talk about the Indian educational system, how it has evolved, the system of gurukul and gurudakshina, and how, over the years, the educational system has changed but the significance has remained the same.
You would have a lot to say to your teachers and fellow students, so keep the length of your speech short. Lengthy speeches can often be boring unless they have something new to tell to the listeners. Take a leaf out of history. The 'Gettysburg Address' was US President Abraham Lincoln's shortest speech comprising just 272 words and went about exactly for two minutes. However, it is considered among one of the greatest speeches not only in the United States but around the world. So, say few but powerful words.
Don't read the speech like you are being forced to do it. No matter how eloquent and meaningful the words are, they will lose appeal if the speaker is devoid of any emotions. So, be interactive by using your hands, facial expressions, actions and emotions. Draw your audience in, entertain them, inform them and your speech would turn out to be a memorable one. But keep in mind to not overdo it, as it would give you a comic look. Do not fumble while presenting your speech; it is a big turnoff.
A great speech needs to have a great ending. No matter how engrossing the speech, an abrupt end would leave the audience frustrated and fuming. Pay attention to the end. Use quotes of some great academicians or personalities to give a fitting finale to your speech. And if you have the creative instinct, then you can create a memorable quote to end in speech. The ending should be such that would make your speech memorable and worthy of being referred by the future generation of students to come.