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Planning Your Speech

Questions to Ask Before Your Speech

What is your role?

  • Are you the main speaker?  
  • A panelist?
  • Making introductions?
  • Emcee?  

What is the topic?

  • Is there any information you should have about why this topic was selected?

  • Why is the audience interested in this topic?

  • Is there information you should have about this topic?

  • Is there information you should have to make an introduction?

Who is the audience?

  • How many people will be there?

  • Is it men, women, professionals, teenagers, educators, financiers, etc.?

  • What is the average level of education?

  • What is the average income?

  • Why is the audience there?

When will you speak and how much time do you have?

  • What time are you speaking?
  • How much time will you have for an introduction? For your speech?
  • Should you leave time for questions?
  • How much time?
  • What kind of event is it?
  • Is it a meeting? Is it a forum? 

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