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About "The American Constitution"
When we live in our own little “speech/debate/homeschooled world” what seems common and normal to us, is not generally what is common or normal to our society. When people asked me what my original oratory was about I would respond “It’s just a boring Constitution speech”, but when they came and watched it they told me, “It’s not boring- it is a forgotten message that people need to hear.” The concept of being a responsible citizen is not only a requirement from our Constitution, but a forgotten cause. A cause that I felt like I had a responsibility to share with anyone I possibly could. The goals that I focused on every time I delivered this speech was to open my audiences’ eyes to a problem, inform them of something that they did not know, and motivate them to help fix our political system. Platform speaking is a unique opportunity where three people have volunteered to listen to you talk! So, use that time wisely to share something that you have a passion for, and impact whoever is listening.
This speech was originally written for the American Legion Oratorical contest, in which I qualified for their Regional level of competition. The successes that I achieved in Stoa became a spring board for many opportunities! I was one of nine students chosen to have their speech filmed by Focus on the Family. Focus’s goal is to use these speeches for political outreach programs. I also was given the platform at a local political rally and County Commissioner debate, where I was able to demonstrate that young people are educated and care about their county. My success was defined by how many people I was able to impact through competition, the Focus on the Family project, and speaking in the local community.
What I want you to take away from reading my speech is different tips on how to connect with your audience. Once you’ve read the speech I will point out some of the audience connections that I utilized.
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