The purpose of your speech is to inform the audience about a global issue.

What is an effective beginning to hook your audience?

Techniques you could use in your speech to add effect:

  • Rhetorical questions
  • Repetition
  • Listing – the power of three
  • Quotations, facts and figures
  • Formal language
  • Juxtaposition/contrast
  • Direct address to the audience


– be clear about your audience and the purpose of your speech (to inform and discuss different perspectives on a global issue)


Introduce your topic, perspectives, and the main points you will cover.

Think about how you will hook in the audience:

  • rhetorical question
  • simple sentences can add impact
  • use an anecdote
  • use a quote

Body of your speech:

Give three or four main points and/or perspectives, then give details and examples, and add your perspective on the point.


Leave an impression on your audience.

Excerpt from Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech

Martin Luther King

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

Posted by Tracey Hames

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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