There are numerous types of speech and giving any speech can be terrifying but all speeches follow a similar outline. Below you will find pages which have details of various special occasion speeches. If you want to get a really good feel for giving a speech I suggest that you look, not only at the type of speech you have to give, but a few of the other ones as well.
Four types of speech
Persuasive Speech. You can give a speech to persuade someone to do something or buy a product or service or perhaps to get people to vote in a particular way.
Informative Speech. You can give an informative speech where you are informing people of something.
Demonstrative speech where you demonstrate an idea - you are informing and teaching and this speech includes a demonstration.
Special Occasion Speech such as a weddig speech or retirement speech
Please remember that people may complain if a speech is too long, very few people complain if a speech is short!
Every speech needs a purpose and this purpose is not always the same as the title of your speech.
Are you making a speech to persuade someone to do something?
Are you saying thank you to people?
Are you explaining how to do something?
Are you trying to sell something (even yourself)?
Once you know the purpose of your speech you can start to write it. Every speech needs an introduction, a middle and an end.
Do not rush when you get towards the end, you may be relieved to get there but to your audience the end is as important as the beginning.
Don't wait for last minute inspiration - it rarely arrives.