All public speakers have either a series of symbols or acronyms to provide them with a simple formula for writing and delivering a public speech. For your Standard Grade English Talk, there’s no reason why you cannot use the ones they use.
One popular symbol used by public speakers is the Public Speaking Triangle. The point of each triangle highlights an important feature of giving a talk: structure, delivery and content (in the image above they’ve put design – same thing!)
Structure is making sure that you’ve structured the talk in a way that is logical and makes it easy to follow. Always keep in mind that people are not, generally, good listeners. So, making your points clearly is a must!
Content is the subject matter of your talk. What you have decided to use that best communicates your interest/passion in the topic or the issue. You can also add in some of your own feelings about the topic/issue. Bear in mind that this should not be too complex, as ideas are difficult to follow for most audiences if delivered via the spoken word in complex sentences.
Delivering your talk is all about posture, eye contact, clear voice and clear enunciation, slowing down and modulating your voice to keep the listener’s interest.
But, the most important feature of this triangle is in the centre; it’s YOU! Unless you have the desire to communicate; the nerve to face up to the nerves and the determination to deliver your talk as best you can, then the talk will fail. Your practice, your preparation, your attitude is the difference between a good and a bad talk.