10 Speech Writing Tips from Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is arguably one of the most quoted, and one of the most famous, speeches in history. This two-minute, ten-sentence speech can teach us a lot about how to write a great speech.

  1. Keep it short
  2. Abandon the formalities
  3. Have purpose
  4. Connect to your audience’s hearts
  5. Speak to larger truths
  6. Speak to the larger audience
  7. Use imagery
  8. Recall more famous lines
  9. Revise, revise, revise
  10. End strong

These tips aren’t suitable for all talks but they’re all good tips, nonetheless.



One response to “10 Speech Writing Tips from Lincoln”

  1. These are 10 good pointers for successful public speaking. Buried in the early pointers is undoubtedly a large amount of planning and preparation.
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