How to Write a Class Presidential Speech

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How to Write a Class Presidential Speech
Above all else, a class presidential speech needs to inspire the audience. (leader image by dead_account from

A class presidential speech should be funny, memorable, incisive, inspiring, and absorbing. In other words, a presidential class speech serves multiple purposes and must achieve its ends of motivating the class in multiple ways. Writing a successful class presidential speech requires adhering to a basic formula.

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    Thank the audience for taking an interest in the speech. As the class president, you represent the best of the student body and have a corresponding obligation to thank your "constituents" for the opportunity to give such a speak. Mention some of the major faculty members as well (e.g. Dean or Principal, Vice-principal).

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    Begin the speech with a humorous story that will engage the audience directly. A humorous story about yourself outside of the school will not be nearly as effective as one that engages with the students and context of the campus directly. As a presidential speech, the opening joke needs to incorporate the experiences of all of the president's "constituents." Consider telling a story that involves a social event, professor, or friend, with "social event" stories being of greatest preference, because they connect with the greatest number of people in the audience.

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    Inspire your audience by talking about your own hopes and relevant aspirations and how you can foresee making them come true. The audience at a class presidential speech is equally concerned with the president as they are with themselves; thus, it is imperative that the inspirational parts of the speech help to express that the person speaking is a leader of values and causes that the audience connects with and supports. For example, if you are giving a graduation speech at college, then include in the speech a story about the troubles of your job-seeking process and how successful college alumni have previously handled similar troubles successfully.

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    Conclude the speech with either a powerful, optimistic story or a humorous one. Either way, you want to end the speech on a positive note. These speeches could touch on any number of issues depending on the particular context of the speech. For example, if you are running for class president, conclude the speech with a story about how you resolved a school-related issue of significance or a funny memory that alludes to how much you enjoy the environment of the school and your class.

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