How to Make a Speech for a School/College/University
Educational speeches should be motivational with a touch of humour added, particularly if you are addressing students. They should refer specifically to your school/college/university and incorporate a sense of pride in it. Like all speeches they should be geared towards your audience and their expectations.
What to include:
- An opening that will capture the attention of your audience.
- An explanation of your reason for speaking, i.e the opening of the school year, a welcome to a fundraising function or a retirement party.
- It should convey the message that your particular school/college/university was the ideal choice for your audience or their children.
- It should include some mention of an achievement during the year e.g. a sporting award or a scholarship gained.
- It should include praise for the teachers and staff who do so much work for the pupils.
What not to say:
- You should never mention an area of conflict between staff.
- You should never say anything that would insult a member of your audience by, say, making a political reference.
How to End:
- Your speech should end by speaking optimistically about the challenges ahead. If it is a personal speech, of course, you should end with an appropriate toast.
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