Toastmasters Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience

Speech Objectives

  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions using stories, anecdotes, and quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes.

Time: Eight to ten minutes

A Toastmaster once said, “Good public speaking doesn’t need perfection; good public speaking needs a message that reaches the brains and hearts of your audience. Speak from your heart, and the language is secondary.

The final Competent Communication speech project, it challenges the speaker to harness their acquired skills to deliver an impactful, inspirational message.

The purpose of an inspirational speech is to motivate an audience to improve in any aspect of their lives. The most common inspirational speeches are religious sermons, political rally speeches, commencement speeches, and speeches to motivate business or sports teams.

As the project manual states, “An inspirational speech brings the audience together in a mood of fellowship and shared desire, builds the audience’s enthusiasm, then proposes a plan and appeals to the audience to follow this plan.”

There is a maxim in the public speaking business: “The more your audience talks, the more they think they have learned from you.” Use this insight to your advantage.

Indeed an inspirational speech relies more heavily on emotional appeal than on the logical appeal found in other types of persuasive speeches.

Deliver an ‘Epic Keynote’

The bottom line is: When you show up as your authentic self, with original, solid content and a message you feel in your bones that allows you to have a conversation with the audience, good things are going to happen. And that will put you on the path to delivering the epic keynote. – Jane Atkinson, author of The Epic Keynote: Presentation Skills and Styles of Wealthy Speakers

The tenth Toastmasters speech project encourages you to harness all the skills and techniques acquired from the previous speech projects – to craft and deliver an inspirational speech. Ultimately, an audience wants to be informed, educated, and entertained.