Four Steps For Researching And Gathering Material For Your Speech!

Public SpeakingThere are the steps you need to take to ensure you have a good handle on what you are talking and going to be talking about.

At first, these steps might seem like they are taking forever. The more you practice the easier it will become.

Putting the content where it belongs: Four steps to researching and gathering material

  • Gathering
  • Selecting
  • Briefing/Organizing
  • Memorizing


Own ideas, books and others sources, new material; research can all play into the content and body of what you are going to say. Take to experts and industry leaders to solicit other opinions and multiple perspectives.

  • Writing things down is critical and can be a true lifesaver. There is no way you are going to remember everything.
  • References, ideas, quotations and arguments have to put into words and structure in order for you to meaningfully share them with others.
  • Look anywhere and everywhere in search of topical and relevant materials.

By all means do your own thinking. Fix your thought upon the text and subject, and try to penetrate to its vital meaning. Find the message for your own soul in it. Believe in the spirit of truth and learn to trust your own judgment.

Do not go at once to commentaries and homiletic handbooks for material, but let your own thought grow by thinking. Take stock of your own mental and spiritual resources.

Be thoroughly yourself and find your own voice, for in this way only will you have that personal and individual flavor which makes the charm of true preaching.

This also applies equally to other and all forms of public speaking.

Arranging Material:

Will ask the synergizing of all the gathered information. You will have to use your sound judgment in selecting and putting it together skillfully. Objectifying it and putting it into a certain order will all matter in order to present and share it meaningfully to/with others.

You might have to rewrite things and get it to make logical sense. Remember that you are NOT writing and essay. This is a “speech” to be delivered verbally and orally. Keep it simple, keep it structured and in a logical sequence, to the point, so that it is coherent and makes sense.

Vivid choice of words and phrases to sound convincing will be required, You might have to repeat things often to make and underscore a point or argument, remind yourself of that constantly.

Creatively restating, paraphrasing etc. are essential skills to master. Read the speech out loud to yourself as you go along. It will help you make sense of it better. You will be able to judge if it really sounds right. If you catch it now and early, you will save yourself lots of embarrassment down the line.


It refers to an industry term that has to do with, the planning, structure and order of the speech, as it will be unfolding.

It is the planned speech, laid out and structured.

Typically it can be divided up into:

  • The Introduction.
  • The Brief Proper.
  • The Conclusion.

It is like a brief overview or outline to use throughout, so that the entire plan can be readily understood by another.

Committing it to memory… memorizing the speech/content:

Try from the start to commit the speech to memory. It will boost your self-confidence and calm any fears and uncertainty, anxiety and nerves that you feel you might have.

You can use your outline, cue cards with sub-heading and main keywords and thought on it as little reminders to help you out.

How much memorized effort are you willing to invest to make this effort successful?

You do not want to seem rehearsed, be in the moment and be real. Let the events unfold but do not try to wing it, going at it unprepared. You will find memorizing your speech enlightening, necessary and to your own benefit. NOT DOING SO, to your own detriment!

Practice your speech aloud as much as you can and as often as you can .Use a mirror, practice your gestures and hand-movements and if you can where you will be delivering it.



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