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How to Start a Presidential Speech


A presidential speech is written and given by the president of a particular body of people. Writing a presidential speech can take a lot of work. Even if you have a relative idea of what you want to write, the introduction can be a bit intimidating. Starting a presidential speech the correct way is important. A speech that lacks smooth transitions, or is just too dull-sounding, will cause your audience to tune out. Learn the right way to start a presidential speech. Your audience will love you for it.

Brainstorm some ideas before you begin writing. This is the time to outline what you want to say in your introduction. Understand that you will have to include a greeting, acknowledge anyone important to the cause and briefly give the reason for your speech. Presidential speeches normally carry a lot of importance, and discuss a larger issue or area of conflict.

Begin writing a rough draft after you have finished your outline. Your greeting should be contained within the first one or two sentences. An appropriate presidential greeting might be: "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Hopeville High's second student council meeting this semester."

Acknowledge members in the room. Acknowledge the vice president, secretary, treasurer and anyone else of importance. It's also a good idea to acknowledge the audience. A simple, "I would like to acknowledge Vice President Shania Bridge, Secretary Louis Bryant, Treasurer Gregory Hammock and all members of the audience."

Briefly tell the audience the goal of your speech. For example, "Today I will be discussing several topics that we have been voting on this week" is a simple way to sum up the speech objective.

Add some humor to the introduction if it's appropriate. Humor will break the ice on the speech, lighten the mood and gain the audience's approval of you. Many famous U.S. Presidents have used humor in their speeches.

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