If you are a high school or college student, you have definitely listened to many speeches during class election time (Whether it be for student council elections, ASB elections, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, etc.). And unless your school was radically different than mine, you’ve probably heard a lot of BAD speeches. It’s not that the speechmakers are unintelligent, it’s simply the fact that these speeches are very hard to make. In a short amount of time you have to establish your credibility, distinguish yourself from you opponents, and get the audience to like you. It’s not easy, but it is definitely doable!
Who are you? Why are you running for this position? What are your qualifications? Unless your the most popular kid in your school, and know absolutely everybody, you have to tell your audience who you are.
Now that your audience knows who you are, they want to know why you can do the job better than John, Joe, and Jacqueline. Maybe you’ve held a similar position in the past, or just have the right skill set for the job; tell them!
Making your Audience like You! (and getting the vote):
Getting your audience to like you is undoubtedly the most important part of the speech. If they don’t like you, they won’t vote for you! It’s that simple. Be catchy, be unique, be the future student council member that everyone dreams of!
Now for the free student council speeches. This first video speech is actually of a student running for vice president; watching will help you see what works well in this kind of speech and what doesn’t. You’ll instantly recognize how a lack of animation or even a slightly monotone voice can really bore the audience. On the other hand, using song lyrics can make the audience laugh and like you.
This second free student council speech, is the self proclaimed “best student council speech ever”. I don’t necessarily agree… but it is quite funny, and I think you can definitely take something away from it (even though i don’t think my school would have ever allowed a speech like this).
Whether you’re running for president or assistant vice secretary; these speech tips and videos will hopefully help you craft the perfect rhetoric to win over your audience and obtain the position of your dreams! Good luck