Speech 4

Speech 4

SPEECH 4:  What You Mean to Me:

The goal of this speech is to explain why someone is important to you.  What are their strengths and what have you learned from them?  What should others know about this person?  This person could be a mentor, a friend, guardian, teacher, an expert in the field you are interested in studying, or a role model.  The speech may be given in the style of an introduction, a toast, a commemorative, or a eulogy.  (Think: how would the tone and approach differ?)

Your speech should have a clear introductionclear thesis, at least three main points you want to cover, as well as a conclusion.  Use thoughtful language and specific examples to help convey the importance of this person.  The speech should be between 3-5 minutes.  If you would feel more comfortable with a prop—a glass, for example (if you’re doing a toast)—feel free to use one.

TO BEGIN: Who is this person and why are they significant?   Make a list of people you might like to talk about and list some adjectives to describe them.  Consider how comfortable and capable you are discussing someone if they are no longer alive.

  • My Mom
    • Impactful
    • made me the person I am today
  • My high school lacrosse coach
    • taught me discipline
    • to laugh always
    • win or loose we will always keep our heads up

NEXT: BRAINSTORM:  What other stories or anecdotes can you think of? Continue to add depth to your outline and speech.  (Writing a draft of a toast for your “person,” even if you are not composing a toast, might help shape your speech.)

  • Mom
    • This person taught me that no matter what you are the strongest person for yourself.  They taught me that it is important to love myself.  She also taught me to learn from my mistakes and always grow from them
  • High School lacrosse coach
    • This person taught me that always learn from wins and losses and to enjoy the little things in life

NEXTNARROW:  Pick one person and focus on what you think your audience should know about this person.

  • My mom
    • she’s so strong
    • keeps our family together
    • she is the glue

NEXTSTRUCTURE:  Lay out 3 clear parts on paper: Intro, Body, Conclusion and start to budget the time your will spend delivering each part.


  • Stay calm
    • don’t get too emotional
  • Eye contact

Intro: We were asked to talk about someone who important to us and for me that person is my mom


  • She can always make me feel better
    • Whether it be through laughing
    • someone to vent to
    • or food
  • My biggest supporter
    • sports
    • big life choices
      • moving to Maine or living in France
  • Taught me that when I fall to always get back up
    • Always learn from your mistakes
    • never let it get you down

Conclusion: She no only is one of the most important people in my life but she is my hero.  She is always selfless and puts her family before herself which can be very challenging.  I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out her and I hope to be half of the mom that she is when I become a mom