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How to Write a Student Council Speech
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Being a member of the student council can help you help your school. However, it takes hard work to get into the student council . You need to craft a good speech that gives your classmates incentives to vote for you.
Writing the Introduction
- Do not merely start by saying, "My name is ___ and I'm running for student council." Your classmates will already know as much and this is not really a unique statement. There will be time to state the basic information after you've got the class's attention.  X Research source
- You can open with a question. Something like, "If there was one thing you could change about this school, what would it be?" Or a question that adds some humor , like, "I know what you're thinking. Why should I listen to this person?" and then proceed to lay out your credentials. Quotes on leadership, power, and guidance would also make good openings. However, make sure to double-check your sources and especially if you're finding quotes online. Many online quote databases, like Quote Garden or Brainy Quote, sometimes attribute quotes to the wrong sources.  X Research source
- If you're stuck, look up and read famous speeches. You can find many speeches from presidents, world leaders, civil rights activists, and others online. Pay attention to how they opened their speeches and ask yourself, "Was this interesting? Do I want to keep reading/listening? Why?"  X Research source
- State your name and grade in school. This may feel somewhat unnecessary if you go to a small school, but it's considered a formality. If you're missing this part of the speech, you may end up looking sloppy in comparison to other students.  X Research source
- State what you want. That is, what you're running for. Do you want to be the president , vice president , treasurer, secretary? Even if you think most students are aware of what position you're running for, make sure you state it here to remind them.  X Research source
- Try to keep this section brief as it's not as important as your qualifications and plans to improve the school . Even one sentence would suffice. For example, "My name is Ramona Hart, I'm in the 11th grade, and I'm running for treasurer of the student council."
- Any accomplishments relevant to the position warrant mentioning here. If you're running for secretary, for example, talk about your summer job filing papers in your uncle's law firm. If you're running for student council president, talk about your leadership experience being captain of the swim team.  X Research source
- While this section is important, try to keep it minimal. A couple of sentences laying out your qualifications is enough as the body of your speech is where you should spend the most time. For example, let's go back to the above example. From there, we could say, "I am currently enrolled in advanced placement algebra and I have been an honor roll student for three years. This knowledge of numbers and diligence qualifies me to have responsibility for finances for our student council."  X Research source
Writing the Body of the Speech
- You should list your ideas and then expand on them later in the body. It might take a bit of research to figure out what you want to change. Ask around the school, talking to students and teachers, and see where there's room for improvement. What are the concerns of the students? What are people happy with regarding the school? What would they like to see change? Asking these questions can help you get a sense of your audience and community.
- Remember, you should not make promises you cannot keep. Do not say anything just to get elected. While many students might want gum-chewing policies eliminated or for the lunch period to run twice as long, this is probably not necessary or possible. Try to focus on areas that seem important to keep your school running safely and efficiently. Concerns about things like bullying , academic standards, and extracurricular activities should be your concern over fun and games.  X Research source
- A good opening statement for your body would state the causes important to you and what you plan to do about them. For example, if you were running for president, you could say something like, "I understand we need to improve how we handle bullying, increase interest in extracurricular activities, and expand access to AP courses throughout the school. As your president, I would work to bring in speakers to talk about sensitivity in the classroom, increase advertising for basketball games and quiz bowl tournaments, and start a tutoring program to help students struggling with certain subjects."  X Research source
- Using the school library or computers, figure out the best means to tackle certain problems many schools face. How have other schools dealt with bullying? Poor test scores? Low interest in extracurricular activities? What can you reasonably do as a student council member to address these problems?  X Research source
- You do not have to have a point-by-point plan laid out, but a few sentences on some preliminary ideas can help you stand out from your peers. People are more inclined to vote for someone who's thought about how to solve problems in addition to identifying problems.  X Research source
Ending with a Strong Conclusion
- Do summarize, briefly, your qualifications but do not put the main focus on them. This is where you should sincerely state your passion. Students should not just vote for you because you'd do a good job but because you genuinely care about the school. State your passion for your community and how much you want to see other students succeed. Lots of students have high qualifications. You can set yourself apart by being a candidate who really cares.  X Research source
- Research what other student council speeches are like on video websites. This could help give you ideas.
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To write a student council speech, start with an attention-grabbing statement such as a question or a powerful quote about leadership. Next, briefly explain who you are, what position you are running for, and why you are running. Then list any relevant qualifications, such as a summer job. In the body of the speech, discuss at least 3 ways to improve the school. For this section, make sure not to make any promises you can’t keep. Finally, end by briefly reiterating your main points and asking for the students’ vote. To learn more about how to support your ideas and research for your speech, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 09-05-2022
How to write a winning speech: a template, guidelines, & an example speech
Student Council Speeches mark the end of an election campaign.
Will yours be successful?
The final answer is in the hands of your fellow students. It's entirely their decision.
However up until they mark their voting papers 'yes' or 'no' you have the potential to make their choice of candidate for the upcoming year 'you'.
Writing a student council speech step by step
You'll find everything here you need to craft a winning student council speech.
- a template that includes all the necessary elements of a persuasive speech
- points to consider carefully before you write
- an example student council president speech
- tips for writing - the type of language to use, how to structure it and more
- vital tips for rehearsal . These make the difference between looking and sounding polished and bumbling.
- a link to a collection of recent student council speech examples
- how to manage anxiety about speaking in front of others
Understanding your speech purpose
Understanding the nature or purpose of your speech could make all the difference between winning and losing.
Student Council speeches are persuasive speeches . Their ultimate goal is to get the 'yes' vote. To help you achieve that use the template below to cover all the essential elements.
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Student Council Speeches Template
- Greeting - Attention Getter - The Hook You'll need an opening statement or rhetorical question to sit your audience up with open ears and minds.
- Who you are - your name, your place or grade in the school
- What you want - the role you are campaigning for: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Historian...
- What you are going to do for the audience - benefits to them in exchange for their vote . (Brief summary -you will expand this in the body of your speech.)
- Credibility - your qualification or expertise establishing your fitness for the role you want. (Brief summary - you will expand this in the body of your speech.)
- Transition leading to...
- Your Main Idea 1 - Your goal for the role, what you want to achieve, how you plan to do it, the benefits to the audience, your fitness for the job, transition to...
- Main Idea 2 - Supporting ideas - details and examples - transition to...
- Main Idea 3 - Supporting ideas - details and examples - transition to...
NB. Only include a second and third idea if you have time to expand on them. If not, move through to the conclusion.
- Summary of main points
- Re-statement of what you want - to be elected to the role you're running for
- Re-statement of the benefits to the audience
- Closer, clincher, call for action
Points to consider BEFORE you write
Research the role, your audience.
Avoid trying to impress with either 'big' words or use of slang. Both are traps! Be yourself.
What 'hook' will you use to get them to listen? Humor? Humor is good if it is relevant and inclusive rather than exclusive (no 'in' jokes!).
Your goal in the role you want
Avoid setting up expectations that you will deliver beyond your capability.
Can you really reduce school hours, increase academic standards, introduce a range of exciting new extracurricular activities, as well as have a 'green day' and a movie night every month? Keep it real!
Your credibility or qualifications
Now is not the time either to be shy or arrogantly big-headed! Let the audience know how fitting you are for the role you want.
Your school's requirements
If your speech does not meet pre- established criteria in any way you may find it is returned to you edited. It's safer to find out what those criteria are BEFORE writing to avoid having to re-write or worse, being disqualified entirely.
Mockery and personal insults are not clever. They boomerang back on you, letting your audience know you're not to be trusted and neither are you ready for leadership.
Readily acknowledging the skill and expertise of your fellow candidates sincerely in a way that doesn't demean yourself shows an open mind and maturity.
Student Council speech example: President
Here's a sample speech. I've written it from the perspective of someone running for President.
As you read it, imagine it said aloud. That will help you get the rhythm and flow of language. The speech is between 3 - 4 minutes long, depending on how quickly you speak.
Vote Sophia Clarke for Student Council President
"I’ve got a question for you. I’m not asking you to shout your answer out, or raise your hand. All I’m asking is that you give it room in your mind. Let it sit for a bit, and have a think about it.
My question is – do you believe like I do, that all of us deserve the opportunity to make the best of ourselves? Not second best, 3 rd , or even, highly commended. The BEST.
I’m Sophia Clarke. I’m in the 12 th grade, and I’m running for president. My vision is that each student is enabled to develop the skills and confidence to become the bigger, better version of themselves. The best they can be. Regardless of who they are, and what they need to achieve that.
It’s an audacious goal. Some would say an idealistic, rather than a realistic, one.
However I say it’s awesome. And that you’re intelligent people who realize that reaching any goal starts with taking the first step.
So let me remind you why choosing me, Sophia Clarke, for president, is also choosing a better chance for yourself, and everyone else to grow.
I know you, and I know your needs well. I’ve served on your behalf in multiple roles through my years here; secretary, auditor, public relations officer, and have successfully taken on multiple issues. You’ll know some of those through directly benefiting from them.
It was me who was behind the push to get a regular anti-bullying program running throughout the school. That was two years ago, and now the Teens Against Bullying message underpins what we expect and strive for in our every day dealings with each other.
We know incidents of bullying are far fewer as a result. As our orange tee shirts say we ‘choose kindness, acceptance and inclusion’ for each other, and our selves.
Who has been involved in our mentoring-homework program? Either as a buddy-tutor or as a student getting a helping hand? And who, like me, is passionate about making sure that everybody gets a fair go?
In the past year, under my watch that program has escalated. We have over 50% more tutors across more subject areas and more students taking up the offer of help. That is a fabulous outcome for everybody. Truly win-win.
A tick in the box alongside my name is a tick for the continued growth of those programs. Their value is proven. They allow each of us to grow and experience the strength and confidence that comes from knowing that we can make a positive difference in other people’s lives as well as our own.
When you vote me for President you get my capacity to organize, to liaise, to listen and to speak, working for the benefit of everybody.
A 'yes' for me is a 'yes' for appreciating and celebrating diversity.
A 'yes' for me, Sophia Clarke for President, is 'yes' to a better you.
And together that is a 'yes' to a better life, and a better school, for all of us."
Tips for writing your speech
- Brainstorm your ideas first. Start with noting ideas for the body of your speech as this is the most important part before going on to the introduction and the conclusion.
- Include your campaign slogan in your opening and conclusion.
- Keep your style conversational rather than overly formal. Use smaller rather than large sentences. Use active rather than passive words. These convey enthusiasm. Check this page on using action verbs . You'll discover how to go from boring bla bla bland to dynamic excitement.
- Lead with your strongest idea first . Give specific examples to illustrate it where possible. Eliminate 'weasel' words or padding that add nothing to your presentation.
- Aim to have your speech ready BEFORE the deadline . Give yourself time to prepare thoroughly, including time to review of your opponents' campaigns.
Timing and word count
Student Council Speeches are generally brief: around 1-4 minutes long which isn't a lot of time! That's between approximately 150 - 500 words at an average speaking rate of 150 words per minute.
To be safe say your speech out loud as if you were delivering it for real and time it because sometimes going overtime can result in being disqualified.
Going faster to fit everything in
Please do not be tempted to say it faster to get everything you planned said. As a strategy it doesn't work. You'll end up gabbling: speaking far too quickly and people won't be able to understand what you're saying.
Cutting out extra material
If you have got too much material for the time limit, cut it. Choose the least important ideas to let go of first. Then move on to rephrasing to reduce the number of words used to express a point.
When you think it's done, repeat the test. Say it out loud by as if you were giving it, and time it.
For more about word count see: how many words per minute in a speech
AFTER you've finished writing your speech
Please, please rehearse your speech ! Do not be tempted to wing it. The more you rehearse the easier it will be deliver it well.
Remember it is only 1 to 4 minutes long! In that time your goal is to have your audience ready to vote for you.
You can help them make that decision by being confident and prepared. You will show that through:
- your speaking style - natural, sincere, fluent, understandable (clear and able to be heard without straining)
- your body language - relaxed, open gestures, good eye contact and smiling
- your personal grooming or presentation because how you look 'speaks' too. Make sure that your clothing and general grooming supports your speech because, like it or not, you will be judged on both!
Videoed Student Council speech examples
How do other people handle a Student Council speech? What's their content and delivery like?
Are they funny? Formal? Too hurried? Confident? Familiar?
It can help to look at what others have done. Even if it's only to decide their way will not be your way!
Click the link to access a collection ten videoed student council campaign speeches from the 2018 student council executive board candidates for Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.
At the foot of the article you'll find links to the videos of the school's 2015, 2016 and 2017 student council campaign speeches.
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This sample student council speech was sent in by Dylan from the US, who is running for Student Council President. He shared it in order to help provide inspiration for others working on a similar speech.
I hope you find it useful.
Beginning of Sample Student Council Speech
My name is Dylan. I am running for student council president, and I am going to change the school as much as I positively can.
Most of you know me or have at least seen me around the school. I have been at Menlo for a long time, four years, and have seen the various principals, administrators, and teachers. I have seen what this glorious school needs and to how change things to fit those needs.
Menlo is not the only school I have been to. I have been to four other schools as well. One of those schools was in Africa. I have a lot of experience in schools and how to make a school thrive. I can bring these various ideas from around the globe right to the center stage of Menlo. I will fix any problem in the school, even if it is a deadly rat infestation!
There is one thing that many other schools have, that is not so present in Menlo. Does anyone ever ask you what YOU want to do to the school? Does anyone ever ask you how YOU want to help your fellow students? I will take this role with all seriousness and I will take it head on. I will promise to listen to everyone of your problems, comments, or suggestions in connection with the school.
Because of my heavy immersion in many different schools and environments, I feel as though I can bring a lot of good to Menlo, and only help it positively.
Choose someone who will fully help Menlo and not treat it like a joke. Choose what your gut is choosing. Vote Dylan for student council president, and LET THE CHANGE BEGIN!
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Serving on your school's student council gives you a say in student activities and a voice with the school administration. It also looks good on college applications. However, to make it onto the student council, you'll first need to give a speech and gather votes from the other students.
How to Write an Election Speech
Use these suggestions to help you craft a speech they'll never forget. It's important that you make sure your speech suits your school and position.
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Open With a Humorous Story
Many of you probably know me best for tripping over my feet and falling face first off the stage during prom . Once I got over that embarrassment, I decided I could face you here today.
What I've Done Already
From the first day I arrived at Sample High School, I knew I wanted to become more involved. From serving on the school newspaper as the Features Editor to helping plan prom last year, I consistently spend time in leadership roles and try to make this school an even better place than it already is.
Many of you probably know me from my work with Key Club and the volunteer time I've spent at Sunnyvale Nursing Home and cleaning up our community park.
Running for the Role of _______
It probably won't surprise you that I have decided to run for student council for the role of ___________. As student council _________ (role), I will strive to continue to make improvements in the school for every student here at Sample High.
I Understand and Can Do the Job
The student council works side-by-side with the student body and the administration to ensure student events throughout the year are successful. As _______, I will ensure that you have a memorable year.
Please Vote for Me
Today, I am asking for your vote for _______. Should you elect me, I will listen to your concerns and work hard for you. Thank you.
Class or School President Speech Examples
If you're running for the highest role in your class or school, your speech really needs to stand out.
Make the Opening Stand Out
Hello, my name is John Doe and I'm a junior. I'm not the type of student who will lead a senior prank or skip class with you, but that probably isn't what you want in a class president anyway. What I do offer is steadfastness, hard work and the ability to work with others even during difficult circumstances while still keeping a sense of humor.
Last year, when the cafeteria stopped serving the salad bar, I was able to get it reinstated by starting a petition, having many of you sign it and taking it to Principal Smith. Because we worked together, we were able to bring the salad bar back, and now it's better than ever.
During the last three years at Sample High School, I've been involved in many activities. I've played basketball, spent a short time in the school band, worked on various committees and helped tutor students after school. Last year, I was adopted into the National Honor Society and started an after school club for airplane enthusiasts that meets once a week.
What I'll Do for You
As your student council president, I vow to end all homework. Just kidding. I can't do that, but what I can do is be your voice with the school administration and work to make this the best year Sample High has ever had. I will introduce ideas for events, such as a weekly sock hop after high school basketball games and we'll work together to help the community through volunteer work and showing them just how dedicated the students at Williams are.
Ask for the Vote
I would appreciate your vote for president. If elected, I will continue to fight for the things that are important to students, no matter how big or small they might be. Let's work together to make our stamp on this community and on the world.
Vice President Speech Sample
A vice presidential speech needs to be highly effective to gain student confidence.
Instead of starting with my name and what I'm running for, at which point you'll tune me out and start looking at the smudge on your left shoe, I am going to tell you my favorite memory so far from high school. My first day at Sample High School, I had no idea how to get to my classes. This school is big, and I was lost.
On top of that, I was rushing around trying to find my class and tripped and fell flat on the floor in front of the cutest guy I'd ever seen. Not only was he nice enough to help me up, but several other students rushed to help me, got me to my classroom and made me feel better about how goofy I was.
That was the moment I fell in love with Sample High School. We all help each other and you don't find that just anywhere.
Why I'm VP Material
One of the reasons I'm running for Vice President for the student council is because I want to give back to the high school I love so much. I want to be that friendly face for new students coming in and a defender for students already here.
During the last two years, I've prepared myself to serve as Vice President by taking on extra work organizing a fan club for our football players to cheer them on when they play at home and make sure our school is represented in the stands at every away game. I've spent time as an office aid, learning about the everyday running of the school and silently taking notes on what we as students can do to improve things and how we can work with the administration.
What I'll Do as Vice President
As your Vice President, I will stand beside your president, offering support and stepping in when she is not able to be here or asks for some extra help. I'll sit on the student council and get actively involved in planning prom , graduation and homecoming. I will always be here to listen to your concerns or to help you off the floor should you fall flat on your face like I did.
Ask for Their Vote
I am asking for your vote for VP of the student council. I love this school, I want to be helpful and I want us all to build memories we'll remember and treasure forever. Now, if I can just get off this stage without falling on my face, I'll be in good shape.
Secretary Election Speech Sample
In your secretary speech, explain why you are perfect for the role.
Today, I want to tell you something about me that you might not know. From the time I was five years old, I've been taking guitar lessons. I don't play in a band and I don't take music classes at school, but every night when I get home, I pick up my Fender and I relieve any stress from the day by playing a few of my favorite classic rock songs.
Why You Should Elect Me
Learning to play a musical instrument takes a lot of time and stubbornness. There are times when I just wanted to quit because my fingers were raw from trying to learn a new chord or that song just didn't sound right. However, I stuck with it until I overcame the challenge and that is exactly what I'll do as your secretary. If there is an issue that needs to be solved, I won't quit until we figure out a solution. I will bring your concerns to the other council members and like learning a new chord, I will stick with that concern until we figure it out.
I would like your vote for secretary of the student council. You never know, I may even bring my guitar to a student council meeting or two and just set it by my side as a reminder of why we need to work hard to achieve worthwhile things.
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A class treasurer needs to show his or her trustworthiness and math abilities during the speech.
Beginning of Speech
Hello fellow students and staff,
I don't like to brag, but I'm really good at math. I know, all of you who are really good at English hate me right now. However, if it makes you feel any better, English is really hard.
The student council treasurer is in charge of keeping track of money and numbers, so this role is a perfect fit for me and I've decided to run for the position.
What I've Done
I've been a member of Jackson High's Mathletes for the last two years. In case you're not familiar with this group, we are a group of students who love math and go out and compete in events. We've won state twice in the last three years.
I also am a member of the orchestra. We perform throughout the school year and at school basketball games.
The student council treasurer has to be good at math to keep track of all those numbers. Vote for me and I'll make sure our numbers add up. I'll also have fun doing it because I'm just crazy enough to love numbers.
Pulling From Different Candidacy Speeches
Another thing you can do is to pull the elements you most like from a number of different speeches. Perhaps you like the opening of one speech and the ending of another, for example. Below are some additional sample speeches to add to the selection of speeches above.
- Funny Intro for Student Council Speeches helps you begin your speech on a light note.
- Funny Speech Examples for Kids helps you inject some humor into your speaking.
- Student Council Speech for Treasurer offers an example of a treasurer speech.
Below is an example of a funny student council speech. The young lady, Daisy Thomas, doesn't mind poking fun at her school or herself, but it's all good-natured and you can tell she cares about her school. It's a short speech but follows the format of who she is, what she's running for, what she believes in, what she will do for the school and asking for her fellow students' votes.
Making Your Student Council Speech Stand Out
While there are certain traits and promises the student body expects from every candidate's speech, they want to choose one person who stands out from the crowd. Even if you are running for a smaller position such as a PR officer or sergeant-at-arms, you may need to make a great speech as well in order to get elected. Make your speech the most memorable one in the room with these tricks and tips.
- Grab a thesaurus and look for synonyms of common words used to describe the position you're running for. When all the other secretarial candidates talk about their attention to detail, you can use words like meticulous or assiduous to sound different.
- Include visuals like props, a themed outfit, or specific hand gestures to give your speech a multidimensional feel.
- Choose a speech theme to structure your presentation like a specific social media platform, a historical event, or a particular sport. Look for a theme that relates well to your desired position.
- Invent a catchphrase that captures the spirit of your speech to keep the student body talking about it all the way to the polls.
- Tailor a famous speech to make your points by changing a few choice words and keeping the most famous lines intact.
- Add sound effects, song lyrics, or music to give the speech more life.
- Keep your speech short and to the point and be honest about why you'd like the position regardless of whether it's a big or smaller role.
- For smaller roles, such as sergeant-at-arms, auditors, or public relations, hone in on what qualifications you have and use vivid examples to keep your audience interested.
Delivering the Speech
Once you've prepared your speech, practicing a few times alone and in front of an audience can help you get ready to deliver your speech with confidence. Whether your speech is lighthearted and funny , or serious and to the point, there are a few things to keep in mind. During your speech:
- Make eye contact with those you are speaking to and don't focus too heavily on one person.
- If you make a mistake, keep going. No one knows what your speech is supposed to sound like.
- Practice some deep breathing exercises or mindfulness beforehand to calm nerves.
- Visualize yourself doing your speech well the morning of it.
- Remember to take deep breaths throughout your speech and speak a bit slower than you normally would as nerves can cause you to speak more rapidly.
Student Council Speech Jokes
Infusing a bit of humor into your speech can help you better connect with your audience, while making your speech really stand out. You can try using silly jokes, sarcasm, or inside jokes that only those who attend your school would get. You can think about:
- Saying in a serious tone, "Settle in, I've got about three hours worth of material to get through."
- After your speech saying, "Okay, now for my speech."
- Using a teacher or principle as a funny example such as, "I'm as passionate about organization as (insert teacher) and as energetic as (insert teacher) after he/she's finished his/her coffee.
- Saying, "I care about this position as much as (teacher) cares about (insert book, movie, or learning principle that teacher speaks about a lot).
- Saying, "I was really nervous to give this speech so I've been practicing a lot in front of my (insert pet) and he/she said it could use some work, so I guess I'll just give this my best shot."
- Using self-deprecating humor by saying, "My annoying need to be organized and scheduled would make me a great fit for this position."
Make Your Election Speech Memorable
Whether you use one of the samples listed here or write an entirely new speech, be sure to put a personal touch on the speech. By focusing on what makes you unique, your passions and your skills, you will show confidence in front of your classmates and let them see a side of you they may not have seen before. Whether you win or lose the election , you can hold your head high and know you gave the speech your best.
Student Council Speeches
How to give a speech they’ll be talking about for years.
So what did I do? I told them a story about a guinea pig biting my hand in Kindergarten. My startled response was to accidentally drop and step on the poor creature. Obviously, I felt horrible. (Thankfully Nutmeg the guinea pig was unscathed and went on to lead a long and healthy existence thereafter.)
Wait, that’s it? You just told them a funny guinea pig story?
Well there was a little more to it. I tried to attach a small moral lesson. I think I told them, life is full of bad days but its how you respond that really matters, or something like that.
That was it. Nothing too profound. Yet years later people who had attended our graduation would come up to me saying that speech had stayed with them. I was dumbfounded.
Some of the best speeches you’ll ever hear are filled with powerful or funny narratives that put the listener in the driver seat. It’s an escape, really. It allows the listener to take a break from noticing how hot the room is or how hard the seats are. Stories are an invitation to break away from reality and be entertained or even moved emotionally.
So here are a few humble ideas for rock solid student council speeches. They are based on my own experiences in student government and other public speaking opportunities, so take that as you will. I have used them on many occasions and it has always yielded good results. So, here it goes:
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RED HOT TIP : Avoid starting your speech with “Hello my name is ________ and I am running for __________. Chances are somebody will already be introducing you! Why waste the precious little time you have regurgitating was has just been said? Why not dive head first into a joke, funny story or inspirational quote? You’ll have a much better chance grabbing people’s attention…IMHO.
1. Have an introduction that tells a story, makes people laugh or inspires them.
I used to find it so lame whenever someone would start their speech with “Hi my name is _________ and I’m running for _________________ .”
What’s weird is that somebody will probably be introducing you. So why waste that time just regurgitating the same old tired introduction?
When people hear that intro, in their heads they think, “Um, yeah. I’m going to tune out for a second and think about the gum that’s stuck beneath this bleacher. Whoa, wait is that a penny? And its head up, no less! Cool!”
A better approach for you may be to start with a story about something that happened to you recently that really hit home. It’s best if the story has something to do with your student council ideas.
Maybe you have a cool story about your childhood that fits with your campaign theme. Maybe there’s a witty joke you can tell (make sure its truly funny though, lame humor can backfire.) Or perhaps an inspirational quote from an historic leader that sets a majestic tone.
In any event any event, your introduction should grab people attention by 1.) Making in them laugh 2.) Make them think or 3.) Help them catch a feeling such as inspiration.
Stories, jokes, quotes and sometimes bizarre facts (“..did you know 65% of sophomores cannot spell ‘sophomore’?”) can help get them eating out of the palms of your sweaty hands.
2. Limit yourself to three REALLY good ideas
One common mistake we all make is trying to cram 20 ideas into a 3 minute speech. Sorry but that ain’t gonna work, boss.
Instead do some research about what students want (see campaign section) or think of some of your own. Narrow it down to three or four solid ideas you will mention in your speech.
Why not more? Well it’s simple. After a short time people’s attention begins to….. SQUIRREL!
Besides, your speech isn’t suppose to be a doctoral thesis on how you plan to improve your schools bond rating. You don’t need to explain every detail. Just keep it simple and positive.
The bottom line is, keep our ideas solid and straight forward. They also need to be realistic. (Promising soda fountains in every classroom would be an example of a bad because it’s extremely unlikely you can follow through with it and its also bad for your teeth! Gulp. Gulp.)
3. Finish strong and give the BIG ASK!
My opinion is that finishing with a mini-version of your introduction coupled with a BIG ASK is a solid way to finish. The mini-introduction is a one-liner, a shorter story or an inspirational quote that hold people’s attention.
Your ending should be much shorter than your introduction but functions in much the same way. You want to connect with your audience one last time at the “gut-level” or “heart-level” to leave a lasting impression.
Finally, the BIG ASK is simply asking people to “Vote for you!”
You want to do it in a way that is sincere and hits a high note after all the funny, powerful, thought provoking things you just told them!
“I would be honored by your support!”
Also be sure to say “Thank You” as your last statement. Even the President of the United States ends their speech in this manner, so don’t forget to thank people for their time and support!
How to give persuasive student council speeches
In order to give a persuasive student council speech, you must put yourself in the mindset of your audience. Chances are a large percentage of students listening to your speech will be experiencing the following:
- Boredom: “This is boring.”
- Apathy: “I don’t care.”
Students in these categories will often vote for candidates who cure the short-term feelings of boredom and apathy . This why many student elections and speeches turn into popularity contests or stand-up comedy routines. Students are either bored or don’t care and just want someone who will entertain them !
The good news is that what people actually want are leaders who are credible . Student don’t necessarily want to vote for the class clown or the cheerleading captain, but if no other credible candidates are out there offering compelling ideas, they will default and go with the candidates that ease the boredom of listening to student council speeches!
So you might be wondering what does it mean to be a “credible leader”? Credible leaders are those who act in private as they say in public . In other words they are genuine and truthful in their words and actions. People trust them for who they are not just who they claim to be. Credible leaders are honest, forward thinking, team-players who cast a hopeful vision for the future. This is the kind of leader you should strive to become!
Ideally, you would persuade people with the strength of your character and not have to resort to crazy stunts to get people to vote for you. The process of developing personal credibility takes time – but it is worthy goal to strive for. You will become a better person and a better leader if your words, match your actions.
Let’s fast forward for a moment and say that your personal credibility is fine, but you want to add a little extra flare to your speech to grab people’s attention. What should you do? Well, hang on to your flapjacks amigo and check out these powerful tactics of personal persuasion.
1. Use the bandwagon effect
Often times people will vote for a candidate based on how they believe other people will vote . This is called the “bandwagon effect”.
One way you can legitimately harness the power of the ‘bandwagon effect’ is to start a petition (sign up sheet) of the people who say they will vote for you and like your ideas. You can start off by asking your friends to sign up and then ask people you don’t know as well to join your cause.
Once you have a good number of names, you can reference your petition as ‘proof’ that your ideas are gaining traction. For example, you might say in your speech, “Over 200 people signed a petition to get the school board to update the lockerooms. I invite you to join us in making this dream become a reality!”
Whoa! Suddenly you have shifted the audience’s mindset. Now their vote actually carries some weight. You have told them that a big group of people are already supporting your ideas, so maybe they’ll think, “I should too!”.
2. Help others “visualize” the problem
There is a famous story about a manager of a glove-making (for yard work, gardening, etc.) factory who wanted to convince her co-workers that the assembly line was making too many mistakes. For months, she tried sending out emails or stopping people in the hallway to warn them that too many mistakes were being made and that it was costing the company a lot of money.
Her co-workers ignored her until one day they came to work to find an enormous pile of thousands of gloves on the factory floor. The pile was waist high and everybody stood around wondering what those gloves were doing there. Suddenly the manager came out and said, “Good morning! The pile in front of you represents the number of unusable gloves our factory makes every week! From now on, this kind of waste will be unacceptable!”
Needless to say that kind of in-your-face visual was impossible to ignore and her co-workers finally understood the magnitude of the problem. If your school will allow it, you can use the same kind of visual to grab people’s attention!
For example, let’s say you want to convince people that your school is wasting too much water and you happen to know how many gallons per month or year that is. You could create a visual representation of this by filling a jar full of marbles where each marble represents a gallon of water wasted! Maybe the number of jars would fill up an entire table! You could use the same effect for such things as number of days students miss school or the number dollars wasted doing a ridiculous project that nobody really likes.
People respond to visuals in a powerful way, so use this to your advantage. Make sure the numbers are accurate so you don’t mislead anyone, but try to think of a visual that will have a powerful symbolic meaning!
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