Writing a prepared speech for a rodeo queen competition takes time, thought, and imagination. At a competition there may be a dozen contestants all speaking on the same topic. Learn how can you make your speech stand out above the rest. Follow these tips to help you write that winning speech.
Follow the rules of the contest.
Stick to the topic and time limit set by the rules. Some contests will time your speech and you can receive point deductions for going over or under the specified time limit by more than 5 seconds. If they have given a specific topic stick to it!
Once you have your topic, brainstorm ideas. Make a web with the center as the main topic and branch out with as many ideas as you can on the subject. Example: The topic is: These Boots are Made for Walking. Your branches could include ideas such as brands of boots, where the boots could be going, who's wearing the boots, boot color, age of the boots, etc. Research your branch topics online and with other material.
Once you have a lot of ideas branching out decide which one or two would be good for you to build a speech around. Chose something that is interesting to you. Use a different perspective than normal. Maybe it's the boots that are telling the story.
Always start the speech off with an audience grabbing opening line. Get their attention right off and then continue to hold it with the content of the speech.
Keep your speech interesting by throwing in personal experiences, facts, quotes by others, and other tidbits of information. Show you know the rodeo world by including interesting information regarding the sport, cowboys, history, etc. An all factual speech gets really boring. You are telling a story, so mix it up! Make sure that your storyline flows along the way. Don't just jump from one area to the next.
Write the way you speak. Don't use words or phrases you are uncomfortable using. Avoid slang and cursing. You are going to be an example as a rodeo queen and your speech should leave a positive impression.
After writing your basic speech, read through and deliver it. When you speak out loud some of your phrasing may sound awkward. Have others critique it, especially a drama or English teacher. Make needed changes along the way.
End your speech with another punch line. Relate it back to the beginning of the speech so that it ties it all up in a nice neat bundle. And example of tying everything together could be:
Beginning - No cowgirl would be what they are today without their foundation. No, not the Max Factor kind!
Go into the body of the speech (about Grandma as a role model)
Ending - I'm sure glad that I my foundation came from her and not Max Factor!
Brainstorm with others to come up with ideas for your speech.