How Can You Write an Effective Two-Minute Speech?

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Two-minute speeches need to begin in a compelling way, include key facts about the topic and stay on point from beginning to end. Metaphors, similes and analogies can be used to present important details in a concise, persuasive manner.

Because of its short length, a two-minute speech needs to gain its listeners' attention very rapidly. Good structure is important: a sense of purpose, strategic language designed to connect with the audience and use of imagery can all help the speaker convey the points in an effective way. Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, for example, was a mere 272 words, or ten sentences, long but left a major impression on listeners.