The Anatomy of a Speech

A speech can be seen to be broadly divided into three parts:

  1. Introduction: This part introduces the problem, raises a question and tells a story. A good introduction grabs the attention of the audience within the first 30 seconds which can then be carried forward to the rest of the speech.
  2. Body: This is the main section of the speech. This is where the speaker continues with the momentum which was built in the introduction, answers the questions that have been raised and solves them one by one.
  3. Conclusion: The final act, the conclusion is a summary of the speech. This would reiterate the main point, connect back to the introduction (if possible) and end on a note that is impactful to the listener.

Here’s a speech I presented some time ago (don’t mind the video quality).

Notice the introduction, the body and the conclusion. I hope you enjoy it.

Moving ahead, let’s look at the Components of a Speech.