Prepare and deliver a speech to entertain that would be approximately two minutes (equates to two typed pages) in length. The goal of a speech to entertain is to have the audience relax, smile, and enjoy the occasion.
Your speech should have a main point, or “message” and hopefully include a mix of humor with a more serious morals or “lesson learned.” In other words, there should be a point to the speech instead of a series of one-liners strung together, one after another. You might include a lighthearted story that reveals a life lesson you have learned, examine a common topic from a different (or unexpected) point of view, or take a lighthearted look at a particular issue and have some fun with it. Always make an effort to select an audience-centered topic and try to personalize your content to engage your audience.
Topics may include:
- Wedding toast (best man or maid/matron of honor speech)
- Birthday speech
- Farewell speech
- Graduation speech
- Funeral speech
- Commemorative speech
The speech should follow the same outline template used in Module 2’s SLP. I recommend you complete an outline for your entertaining speech before recording to make sure that you address each component in developing an effective speech. For example, the speech should include parts of a speech like an attention-getter, preview/purpose statement, credibility statement, etc., as indicated in the provided template.