Speech Writing

By The Hague International Model United Nations

 

I – Do I Need to Give a Speech?

As an Ambassador for the country you represent at SDRJMUN, you are expected to present your country’s policies to the broader assembly in the form of speeches. As a rule, speeches should last somewhere in the range of 1 to 2 minutes. In this time, you should address very clearly to the audience the position of the country/organization you represent on the primary concerns about the state of the world.

 

II – What Are The Different Parts of a Speech?

There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for a speech:

·        First of all, there is the beginning of the speech. It is customary to address the Chairs and the delegates present by starting your speech, saying something like: “Honorable Chairs, Fellow Delegates, and Distinguished Guests,

·        Then go on to the main body of your speech. The main body of your speech should address the issue on the agenda your Delegation feels most strongly about. Keep it diplomatic and concentrate on getting one single message across.

·        It is standard practice to end the speech with a flourish.  You should not thank the audience or the chairs for their time.

 

III – How To Deliver A Speech

When speaking your committee at JMUN, you can be easily in awe of the number of people you are facing. You will be nervous. The best way to overcome this is by practicing the delivery of your speech in your school, in front of your parents and also maybe your fellow delegates. Ask them what they think about your speech and adjust it if you think it needs that.

·        You should open your speech with a strong sentence to gain audience attention. Also, when delivering your speech, you must remember to speak slowly and clearly. As a rule of thumb, you are speaking slowly enough when you think to yourself: “I am speaking too slowly now.”

·        Have the speech timed and see that it does not exceed the time allotted to you. If necessary, the Chair will remind you that your time is almost up by saying: “Will the Delegate please come to His closing remarks.” Or the Chair may tap his/her gavel softly to indicate your time is almost up.  If you hear this, please act accordingly.

Summing up, a speech consists of an opening flourish, a main body that drives home one point only and a closing flourish.