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Tips on Writing Speeches A student council election speech is a crucial determinant of the success of your election campaign. It is often the case that an effective speech drives the candidate towards the winning spot. While you may have ambitious plans and you know you will make a good student council president, you may have difficulty in preparing that winning school council speech. Here are some tips that will make the speech effective enough to get you winning the election. Running-of-the-mill and boring speeches are a big no no. To make a speech appealing to your fellow schoolmates, put yourself in their place and retrospect as to what kind of kind of speech would appeal to you. Start it with an introduction of yourself. Keep it simple. It is a good idea to start with an inspiring or interesting quote. Don't forget to mention the position you are contesting for. These should be a must in your speech. Moving further, you can make it interesting and different. Here's how: It is common for the candidates to ask other students about what changes they would like to see in the school. You should do it too. But don't turn all the suggestions into promises. Be authentic. Promise only things that can be accomplished. Humor is a good tactic. It will increase audience's attention and help you make the audience comfortable with your speech. This may even build trust among the audience. But watchful and don't let humor overpower the tone of your speech. You enter the danger zone and you may just end up sounding ridiculous. While humor is good, include aspects of substance. It matters. Be persuasive. Don't brag about yourself. Instead of "I am creative", you can use something like "I encourage creativity". Pay close attention to how you phrase your ideas. The closing should be powerful. Close the speech with a promise, something that the audience will remember and vouch for. This could be very crucial in getting more people to vote for you. How to Write a Student Election Speech By Brandi Laren, eHow Contributor Write a Student Election Speech Running for student government is one of the first ways kids can get a first-hand lesson in leadership, voting, elections and politics. Whether they are running for president, vice president or secretary of the student council, they must prepare a speech and present it to classmates. This speech, along with other campaigning tactics, like putting up posters, can make a big difference. Things You'll Need Paper Pencil or pen Start your speech by welcoming your classmates and thanking them for attending. Then, introduce yourself, describe what office you're running for and quickly state why you're the best candidate. For example, "Good morning, everyone. My name is John Smith and I'm running for president of the student council. As students, we are ready for change in our school. I am the person who can help. As president of student council, I would fight for better school lunches, more after-school activities and more field trips." Talk briefly about some of your other leadership positions at school and why they have prepared you for the position. 2. Focus on the student body's interests. What are some things that students have been requesting at your school? What have they been complaining about? If you could improve five things about your school, what would they be? Use these elements in your speech. Let them know that you've been paying attention. For example," We are tired of bad school lunches. As president of the student council, I will fight to get us better meals." Try not to make false promises. Talk about school supplies and events and other things that you will have control over. State these things briefly in your speech. o 3. Conclude by letting your classmates know that if you are elected, you'll be working for them. Tell them that you'll always be open to their ideas on how the school can be improved and be more fun and enjoyable. Your campaign speech should only be about one to two minutes long, so make sure you keep your points short and meaningful. Tips & Warnings If you have a catchy slogan you've been using on your posters around the school, don't forget to say that at the end of your speech. WATCH STUDENT VIDEOS OF SPEECHES http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/speeches.htm STUDENT EXAMPLES Hi. My name is Noah. You may not want to vote for me now, but you might after you hear this. I will try to bring up all of your suggestions of how to improve the rules. I think I am very creative. I think I am very honest, also. Do you think you want to vote for me now? If you don't, here's more. I'll make realistic decisions. I will tell you want happened at the council meetings- like what assemblies we will be having, and when we will be having spirit days if I am elected. I think I am a good kid and do my best job in school. If I'm elected I will be all of these things-creative, honest, realistic, and talkative about your ideas. I think I would be a good student council member because I am good at making good decisions. Hi, I'm Veronica. Good afternoon classmates. I'm lucky to be up here, and I'm lucky to have such good friends in Room 10 at Hill Elementary. Why you should vote for me for student representative is because I'm nice, I'm kind, I'm caring, and I'm a real friend. I am also hardworking, responsible, honest and you can trust me to report your ideas to my committee. I also have good ideas. It's been nice talking to you. Don't forget to vote for Veronica for your student representative!