A school captain is the voice of the school. Typically, only 12th graders are selected for school captain. School captains are most prevalent in the U.K. and Australia, although some American schools and schools in other countries also have school captains. The school captain is the liaison between the school and local government, and is also the face of the school. In this position of power, the school captain has the opportunity to make many speeches both to fellow students and adults.
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Find out what the students in your school will like the most. Talk to a few different students about what issues are important to them, such as food, after school programs or bathroom facilities. Make the most popular themes the subject of your speech. If you are to speak at a pep rally, make sure to research the players and the other team before speaking so you can speak intelligently on the topic.
Create a basic outline for the speech. You will need an introduction with a main topic, three to five supporting ideas for the main topic and a conclusion. The information you use in the speech will vary depending on the audience. Make sure the points in the speech are valid and appropriate to the audience. You would not use the same speech techniques on your fellow students that you would for a city council address.
Flesh out the speech with supporting points for each main point, but don't write out the entire speech. Writing out the entire speech keeps you looking down the entire time and gives off an air of unprofessionalism and aloofness.
Add an attention-grabbing beginning to the speech. When speaking to students, a joke is an effective attention-grabber. When speaking to adults, use a shocking fact or quote by a famous person that supports your main idea.
End the speech on a high note. Try not to end the speech with boring details. The conclusion should summarise your main points, but in an interesting way. Add a call to action, such as asking for the support of fellow students or the local government. At an informal event, such as a pep rally, you can end with a the school cheer or some other encouraging statement.
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