Person Most Admired Speech

Length: 1-3 minutes


  • Formal structure: introduction, body, conclusion; use of outline
  • Use of technology: Inspiration for prewriting and final outline
  • Speaking techniques: vocal quality, vocal variety, eye contact, lack of nervous gestures (including audible pauses), ability to adapt to audience, use of gestures



    1. Open up the Person I Most Admire notes and tips sheets.
    2. Select the person (living or dead, but must be real) that you admire most
    3. Follow the directions for creating an outline.
    4. Print out and speak from the outline!
    5. Practice!

Step One: Select Your Person

You should select person that you already know something about. Try not to cover the persons whole life, instead focus on a few small areas you like, the suggestions in the tip sheet are good.

Step Two: Analyze Your Audience

We have talked a great deal about analyzing your audience. Your audience should guide your topic and purpose. Ask yourself: Who are they? What do they already know? What do you think they would like to know more about? What special interests do they have? What opinions, attitudes, and beliefs do they have? What needs might they have?

Step Three: Develop Your Thesis and Main Points

Your Thesis is what you want your audience to remember. When we did our informative speech the example was as follows: Your topic is Ceramics. You want your audience to remember that without early ceramics artists we would not have computers, cell phones and anything with a silicon chip in it. In talking about the person you most admire give some thought to what you want people to remember most and use that for your thesis.

Here is a separate paper specific to developing your thesis. That paper will also clearly show you the difference between a thesis statement and a purpose statement, you should have read it for the informative speech, if you need a refresher read it again.

Once you have your thesis develop your main points. Main points can be found by asking yourself questions like those found on the tips sheet.

Step Five: Support Your Main Points

Now that you have your; Topic, purpose, thesis and main points it is time to put your knowledge of this person to work and plug in the supportive facts for each main point. You will describe, illustrate, define and clarify your materials.

Step 6: Organizing Your Speech Materials

Organizing your speech with an outline will help you know your material without having to write and read your materials verbatim. This is a simple process you can do for any speech or paper for that matter.  In 9th Speech you will have an outline for each speech you create.

  1. Start with your title, topic and purpose.
  2. Move on to your introduction.
  3. Then to your main points and supported materials for each.
  4. Then your conclusion.

Finally, plug-in your transitional statements between each section.

You will need to prepare final outline only. You can see an outline_example at the link. This is an  example of the outline. This paper should be 2 pages.

Step7: Word Your Speech

Make what you say intelligent, but make sure you do not talk down to your audience. Choose simple words over complicated. If some of the words pertaining to the speech are complicated define them for the audience so they better understand what you are talking about.

Use lots of pronouns: I, me, you, our. Avoid contractions such as can't, cannot, I'll. Try not to write your speech word for word. You will lose the conversation factor that is essential to giving a good speech. Instead use your outline. Always title your speech with something simple but catchy.

NOTE: This is important! Your assignment that is due Wednesday, March 4th.

Step 8: Construct Your Introduction, Conclusion and Transitions


  1. The purpose of an introduction is to gain your listeners attention. You can do this by finding a touching story, telling a joke, using an interesting fact or anything else that is creative.
  2. Then you want to make a connection between you, the topic, and the audience. This is simple; just tell them why you are speaking on the topic you have chosen.
  3. Last, introduce what you will be talking about, like a summary of events. Your summary may be your main points, or just what you want them to know after listening to your speech.


  1. The purpose of a conclusion is to summarize your ideas.
  2. Develop a creative ending that makes your audience remember you and your speech.

Transitions: The purpose of transitions is to make each part of your speech flow naturally.

Here are some of the resources to help with this section

Introduction and conclusion paper

Transitional words and phrases

Step 9: Rehearse Your Speech


Rehearse your speech at least a dozen times OUT LOUD from start to finish. Use a full length mirror; practice your facial expression and your body language. Make sure your are using the correct pronunciation. Practice using your outline and visual aid effectively. Your audience can tell if you have practiced.

Step 11: Present Your Speech

When it is your turn, go to the front of the classroom with enthusiasm. This will hide your nervousness. Notice when you are speaking, do you sounds quiet or loud? Adjust accordingly. Maintain eye contact with your whole audience not just a few people or just the teacher.


Other Directions and information

The Most Admired Person speech has two components that you will be graded on. There is one grade for the paper and one for the presentation.  The presentation itself to needs to meet the following requirements.

Presentation Length
The speech needs to be 1:30-3 minutes long. There is a very small window of error, 30 seconds each side. So another words it HAS to be between 1 to 2:30 to get a C or above. If it is outside of that window the best you can do is a D.  The only way you know if it will be in that window is to practice…a bunch.


Remember, during a speech, the average person speaks at twice his/her normal rate. Make certain you have one to three minutes worth of material. Practice, practice, practice.