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Term2.png ANECDOTE
Short tale about an incident. Anecdotes usually concern a personal or biographical event and can be used to emphasize a statement, to make a point, to draw audience’s attention or to entertain it. Anecdotes are often told rather than written.[1]

Toolkit.png Writing an Anecdotal Speech

Writing an anecdotal speech is similar to writing other types of speeches. It has an introduction, body and conclusion. The anecdote should be true, short and must have a short tie-in.[2][3]

1. Choose your anecdote before narrowing the general topic of your speech or essay. It is more difficult to find an anecdote that perfectly illustrates your idea than it is to choose a convincing anecdote and elicit a worthwhile message from it. Make sure the anecdote you pick has a climax or conflict, a moment when the main character of the anecdote has to make a choice without knowing what will happen.

2. Define three main points related to the topic of your anecdote. Prepare an outline of the body of your speech, developing each of your three points.

3. Write your introduction and conclusion. Your introduction will be the first part of your anecdote, leading up to the climax. Once you have presented the main character's dilemma, stop the anecdote. This leaves your listeners wondering what the outcome will be, causing them to listen attentively while you speak about your main points. Your conclusion will be the end of the anecdote.


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  3. How to Write an Anecdotal Speech | eHow