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    I'm running for Head Girl this year and I have to write a 1 minute speech to read out to Year 12 and 13. This is what I have so far:

    Hi, I’m ***** and I’m running for head girl. I know that many of you will have preconceived ideas of who I am and what I’m about. To some of you, I might just be that girl with a questionable taste in shoes, or that nerd who’ll help you with your homework and doesn’t even need to try in order to get good grades, but really, I work hard at everything I do so I can be the best that I can be, just as I will work hard at being head girl if you vote for me. Most of you won’t know that I was a gymnast for ten years, which means I can do some pretty cool tricks, but doing gym led me to being a qualified gymnastics coach, which is now my job, and it means I have to deal with responsibility, remain calm under pressure, and most importantly, communicate with lots of different people, and these are all skills obviously needed to be a good head girl. Maybe I’m not the bubbliest, most outgoing person going for the role, but I’m ambitious, I’m reliable, and, although I won’t promise you anything because I might not be able to keep those promises, I’ll always be there to listen to any ideas you have to improve our sixth form. If I become head girl, I will strive to make our sixth form more cohesive and less split into our little groups, so that we can have a group identity that we’re all part of and proud of. I might be small, but I have plenty of ideas, and if you want to hear more, I guess you’ll just have to vote for me. Thank you for listening.

    If anyone has any ideas about how to make it better, and whether or not I'll be able to say all that in 1 minute, that would be really helpful!
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    (Original post by Firecracker123)
    I'm running for Head Girl this year and I have to write a 1 minute speech to read out to Year 12 and 13. This is what I have so far:

    Hi, I’m ***** and I’m running for head girl. I know that many of you will have preconceived ideas of who I am and what I’m about. To some of you, I might just be that girl with a questionable taste in shoes, or that nerd who’ll help you with your homework and doesn’t even need to try in order to get good grades, but really, I work hard at everything I do so I can be the best that I can be, just as I will work hard at being head girl if you vote for me. Most of you won’t know that I was a gymnast for ten years, which means I can do some pretty cool tricks, but doing gym led me to being a qualified gymnastics coach, which is now my job, and it means I have to deal with responsibility, remain calm under pressure, and most importantly, communicate with lots of different people, and these are all skills obviously needed to be a good head girl. Maybe I’m not the bubbliest, most outgoing person going for the role, but I’m ambitious, I’m reliable, and, although I won’t promise you anything because I might not be able to keep those promises, I’ll always be there to listen to any ideas you have to improve our sixth form. If I become head girl, I will strive to make our sixth form more cohesive and less split into our little groups, so that we can have a group identity that we’re all part of and proud of. I might be small, but I have plenty of ideas, and if you want to hear more, I guess you’ll just have to vote for me. Thank you for listening.

    If anyone has any ideas about how to make it better, and whether or not I'll be able to say all that in 1 minute, that would be really helpful!
    That sounds pretty good to me.

    Whether it will last a minute will depend on how quickly you speak. No matter how silly you feel practice it out loud - preferably in a big empty room so you can practice speaking loudly and clearly. Record yourself so you can see a) how long it takes and b) which bits you tend to stumble over.

    In terms of content it is very focused on you and your background. That's fine but remember you're trying to convince people to vote for you to represent THEM. Giving a higher profile to making it clear that you are keen to listen and amplify their voices in any areas where you represent the student body is a good idea.

    Also take out the "maybe I'm not the bubbliest" bit and the lack of promises - don't put any negatives into a speech like this. Keep the positives (everything after the "but") and just say that you *will* make promises but only on what you can deliver (ie to listen, to represent everyone, to work hard etc etc)
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    I was head boy in my school. I will sell you my speech ? :P
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    When I listen to head girls speech at school - I always seem to be drawn towards the girls who talk about what they are going to do for the students, and how they will make school life better for them.Tbh I find it boring when they just talk about theirselves, make sure you include at least one thing that you would provide for the students
 
 
 
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