How to Write an Original Oratory

If you've joined a forensics, debate or other speech team and are ready to write an original oratory, congratulations! With the right preparation, essentially any topic can be a winner in this wide-open category. Here are some writing tips.


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    Choose an excellent topic. With 7 or 10 minutes to work with, you have a lot to write. Great topics are:
    • Generally interesting and widely-appealing
    • Culturally relevant
    • Able to connect with the speaker
    • Full of energy that the audience and judge will feel
    • Something that the audience and judge can take with them
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    Brainstorm. Once you think of your topic, you'll probably have lots of information and facts flowing through your head. It's vital to get these on paper or typed up as soon as possible, so the idea and wording doesn't leave you.
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    Decide whether your speech will be informative or persuasive. Based on what you decide, consider reading:
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    Sort through your thoughts to develop a thesis and three points. As you progress from here, develop sub-points that you intend to back up with evidence.
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    Explain your three points in relation to the thesis statement. In doing this, use a variety of sources. Do not use Web-sources only - Some older people (whom you may have as judges) may view the Internet as less reliable than a book, person, or other "physical" source. Furthermore, your judge may not be familiar with all your sources.
    • Make sure to cite your sources well in your speech - enough that your audience could find them on their own for further research.
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    Write a catchy intro and solid conclusion. The introduction will set the "first impression" that the audience is likely to keep with them throughout your speech; The conclusion must be the strong so that the audience can "take something" from all you've said.
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    Have others read through your speech to critique its contents. Their feedback may help you to tailor your speech to appeal to a wider audience.


  • Try to tie your AGD with your three points and your conclusion.
  • While it's a good idea to include evidence to back up your points, don't give so much that it's overwhelming. Provide a good balance between statistics, general knowledge and personal connection.
  • Don't spend too much or too little time on one or two points. To keep balance, it may be wise to put your weakest point second and your strongest or most effective point last so that your audience stays tuned in.
  • Come up with an AGD (attention getter device). It grabs the attention of whoever your speaking to.
  • You don't want to provide an AGD and just have it die off.
  • As you continue revising, begin to memorize your speech.
  • Different people write different ways, so don't fret if you can't come up with a thesis, conclusion, etc. right away. Some people are comfortable writing these first, but some people write their entire speech body before touching the intro or conclusion.
  • Don't wait till the last minute to write and memorize your speech; it will be noticeable and less effective for your grade and/or audience.
  • Look at different examples of people who have won competitions or garnered support, and see what is there that made the speech so special. (Ex. Did it have a good ending? Was it very powerful?)


  • Be careful that what you write could not offend anyone in terms of race, religion, etc. as this could result in a loss of points or rank in your tournament. Still, remember that your speech does not have to be completely politically correct.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Paper and pen (optional)

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