The preparation of writing a successful formal speech should not be underestimated. It requires preparation, research, writing, review, rehearsal, and delivery (Ames 2016) to successfully maintain the audience’s attention and communicate the message. All these steps were crucial and taken in to consideration while planning assignment three, the Member of Parliament’s maiden speech.
A public communication message should be arranged into four parts: introduction, central idea, body, and conclusion (Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin 1998 p.327). This proved to be a good base to start my speech and to establish what the main talking points would be.
I next moved on to the arrangement and formatting methods of my speech. Topical arrangement proved to a close guide to follow as the ideas for the speech can be organized on the basis of their similarities ((Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin 1998 p.336). The speech contains two issues and even though they are not directly related they are politically oriented and the two key speaking points for the MP.
After much research, I settled on the case formatting method as it focuses on the central idea (the MP’s induction to the Legislative Assembly) and body (two main issues). There is no need for sub-points, which is required by the unfolding method, as it is a maiden speech. The maiden speech is made to primarily to introduce the MP, thank those involved during the campaign and confirm the issues of main concern in the MP’s electorate. It is not a talking point speech to raise a specific issue.
|Slide||Talking point / script|
|Visual – Aboriginal and Australian flags
|Acknowledgement of traditional land owners
|Visual – Mirani Electorate map
|Proud to be the first female MP for the Mirani Electorate
What the Electorate means me to
The importance of the Mirani Electorate
|Visual – Picture of me with my niece
|Introduce family and rhetoric link
Thanks to family, friends and colleagues
Rhetoric link sister’s child with developmental delays
|Visual – Dept of Education, Training and Employment logo
|Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs)
Facts of ECDPs
Importance to children and families
Repercussions if ECDPs end
|Visual – FIFO workers||FIFO workforce issue in Mirani Electorate
Facts and statistics of FIFO workforce
Impact and implications for families and communities
|TBA||Conclusion detailing recap of introduction and issues
|TBA||Restatement detailing commitment to Mirani Electorate and Legislative Assembly
During this activity I discovered a process that I have always done with assignments but never realised there was a technical term for it. Mind mapping comprises a network of connected and related concepts. It is free-form, spontaneous thinking that is required when creating a mind map, and the aim of mind mapping is to find creative associations between ideas (Davies 2011). I found this activity particularly difficult to comprehend in the beginning but once I separated the different parts I began mind mapping ideas to make each step easier.
Learning the methods of arrangement and formatting, as explained by Berko (1998), has helped me to structure the final assignment more confidently as I can now see how the speech will fall in to place. Before reading about these methods, I felt quite overwhelmed by the speech writing process and how I was going to convey my key messages.
Even though the slideshow is a good visual concept, I didn’t find it helped with the actual speech writing process. The preparation stage and planning table were adequate enough for me to complete the activity and organise my ideas for the assignment.
Ames, K 2016, COMM12033 speech and script term 1 2016, lesson 6: Genres of speech – corporate, CQUniversity, Brisbane.
Berko R., Wolvin, A., & Wolvin, D. (eds.), 1998, Communication : a social and career focus, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, pp. 326-353, URL: http://library-resources.cqu.edu.au/cro/protected/comm12033/comm12033_cro2368.pdf
Davies, M 2011, ‘Concept mapping, mind mapping and argument mapping: what are the differences and do they matter?’, Higher Education, 62, 3, pp. 279-301, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 7 May 2016.