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ABC’s of Speech Writing

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I believe that you are a good orator and you have the potential to be an outstanding one, in sha Allah. I would like to share a special recipe for speech writing that will revolutionize your ability to deliver effective speeches, by the permission of Allah. If you follow this recipe, you will see the audience engrossed in your words, enchanted by your speech, and engaged in your ideas, in sha Allah. It’s called the ABCDEFG Speech Recipe. Your speech should start with A and end with G.

 

A – Arresting Anecdote

 

Many speakers delve into the heart of their topic at the beginning of their speech, or they begin with thanking the organizers for inviting them, etc. Instead, they should start immediately with something that will grab the audience’s attention. Examples: Tell a story, share a personal incident, ask a provocative question, do something out of the ordinary, scream, anything that will grab the audience’s attention right from the start.

 

B – Basic Problem

 

Your audience is now at full attention. This is the time to clearly state what you will be talking about. Don’t keep them guessing or else they’ll become confused or lose interest. For example, “Today we will be discussing backbiting,” or, “Cheating is a plague that the Muslims are suffering from.”

C – Concerned Listener

 

Tell the audience why they should care about what you’re talking about in the first place. Imagine them saying: “Fine, you’re talking about backbiting. Why should I care?” So you’ll say, “Those who backbite will have such-and-such punishment in the Hereafter,” or, “You may sometimes backbite someone and not even consider that you’re sinning! For example…”

D – Dramatic Details

 

Throughout your speech, engross your audience in the dramatic details of what you are describing. paint a picture for them with your words. Instead of saying, “The Sahabah marched to Uhud,” say: “Imagine yourself marching to Uhud with the Sahabah. Your throat is parched as you tread under the burning sun, uncertain if you will live to see tomorrow.” Put some drama into your delivery and use hand gestures and body language to act out what you’re saying.

E – Examples

 

Give practical, real-life examples of the problem you are discussing. Talk in terms of your audience’s daily life. If you’re talking about anger management you can say, “For example, have you ever been driving down the highway and suddenly someone cuts you off? At that point, it probably became very difficult to keep your temper.”

F – Facts on the Other Side

 

This is where you respond to the “Yeah, but…” that might be in the mind of your listener. Let’s say you’re talking about backbiting. The audience might be thinking, “Yeah, but… what if what you’re saying behind their back is true!” So in this section you’d say, “Some people might think that as long as it’s true, it’s okay to say it. Actually that’s not allowed because…” Think of a few “Yeah, but…” questions that people may have and discuss them in your talk.

G – Goad to Action

 

End your talk with one action item that you want the audience to act upon. It should be as practical, simple, and precise as possible. Don’t say, “In conclusion, backbiting is an evil that we need to rid the community of.” That’s too vague. Instead end with an action item, “Next time you hear someone backbiting, immediately tell them, ‘Don’t backbite!'” Ending with an action item helps your audience to actually act upon your speech and change their lives, in sha Allah.

If you apply the ABCDEFG Recipe in your next speech, I’m sure you will achieve outstanding results, in sha Allah. May Allah grant you success in this life and the Hereafter.

Source: Touched by an Angel seminar

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  1. Fatima jafor
    November 29 at 12:46 PM

    Great recipe! Even if I put down every bit of information on the paper about the topic I’m going to give a speech on, I always find it really hard to connect the speech and myself with the audience. But I think this “abcdefg recipe”, if followed as directed, will be able to break that boundary between the speaker and the audiences, in sha Allah.

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