My father, the late Dr Bruckner de Villiers (1923 – 2000) was a pastor in the day 1955-60, until he was excommunicated (but that’s another story).
He knew how to write a speech quickly.
He had to write a ‘keynote speech’ once a week, for close on 5 years.
I asked him how he came up with ideas for his sermons and wrote them so quickly.
“Simple”, he said. “Write from your own experience.
So, if you’re going to be a prolific speechwriter, make sure you have a prolific life full of (mis)adventure so that your speeches will be filled with tales to keep us enthralled.
- Write from personal experience
- Tell a story … make a point
- Have only 3 points
- Have a impactful opening
- Finish strong with an action/benefit closing statement
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