Writing an Inspirational Speech for Teenagers

Depending on your style of speaking, there are different approaches to writing a motivational or inspirational speech. Your manner and style of writing should be based on several factors such as the kind of audience you will be speaking to and the topic at hand. There are many things that you can draw inspiration from when writing your speech, but it is always best to incorporate your real-life experiences for you to make a more effective point. If you want to be a more effective inspirational speaker, follow the example of experienced and highly regarded motivational speakers—those who have been inspiring the youth for years and who have mastered the art of inspiring people to make the right decisions in life. Here are some things to keep in mind when you want to write and deliver an effective motivational speech for teenagers:

 •   Inspiring people is not easy, but with the right words and carefully and appropriately placed examples, you can truly make an impact through your speech. It pays reading inspirational speeches and listening to other motivational speakers to get some fresh ideas.

•   Know your intention. Is it to inspire? Change the way people think about a certain topic? Encourage your audience to take action? Influence them to choose better paths? Make them quit something that can potentially ruin their life? Or motivate them to join a cause? These are important things to answer before you even begin to write your speech.

•   Opening lines are important. If you want to catch people’s attention, consider a powerful opening to create a strong impression. You can quote a famous saying, pose a question, or even start with a joke to begin things on a lighter note.

•   Say what you need to say. Avoid beating around the bush and be straight and bold about your point. Include personal stories which are very effective in allowing people to see where you’ve been and how you’ve surpassed similar challenges they might be facing.

•   Ask for feedback. The only way to be better than you were yesterday is by soliciting feedback and learning from your mistakes and weaknesses.


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