We look at how to make a formal speech.
SAM: Thankyou Denise.
The Honourable Judith Bryant, Minister for Trade, Professor Eric Vogel, Professor of Economics at Wagga University, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Today’s topic ‘why bananas are bent’ is a very significant one in terms both of international trade, and culture. In thinking about the topic, I felt it would be appropriate to address briefly the history of bananas and banana farming, the many qualities of bananas, both positive and negative, and of course examine the uses of the banana.
But first let me tell you a story about a banana.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope I’ve been able to clear up a few misconceptions, and leave you with some new ideas about how we might view bananas in the future.
We’ve seen, in looking at their history, that bananas have a significant role in many cultures. I’ve also noted their positive nutritional qualities. And in addressing the main question, why bananas are bent – we’ve learned that the reasons are many and complex.
Madam Chair, thankyou for the opportunity to address the conference today, and thankyou ladies and gentleman for your kind attention.
Here are some useful phrases to use when introducing a speaker. Practise them with Denise:
Our next speaker needs no introduction.
Without further ado, I’d like to introduce…
Please make him welcome, Doctor Sam Eriks.
The Honourable Judith Bryant, Minister for Trade, Professor Eric Vogel, Professor of economics at Wagga University, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
Include their title,(pause) name (pause) and position.
Then he addresses ‘distinguished guests’ – this can include anyone who has been invited to attend the event. And finally he says ‘ladies and gentlemen’, which means everyone else.
What does Doctor Eriks do next?
How does it sound without pauses?
The history of bananas, the many qualities of bananas, and the uses of the banana.
In describing his topic, he said ‘I felt it would be appropriate to address…’ and then names the parts of his speech. To ‘address’ something here means to talk about it. You could also use words like ‘consider’, ‘discuss’, ‘outline’, ‘cover’.
Pronunciation is important too – it’s a good idea to practise your speech out loud – especially any difficult words.
We move now to the end of Sam’s speech. How does he finish?
I hope I’ve addressed the major concerns about this issue.
There are other phrases that could be used in this way:
‘We’ve observed’; ‘I’ve outlined’; ‘I’ve referred to…’ and so on.
Finally, how does Doctor Eriks wrap up his speech?
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