I need help  writing a speech to ask for votes for my running for vice president of my eighth grade class.  

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carol-davis eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Begin with a quotation or some kind of humor.  For example, this quotation refers to the vice-president's job.

The great humorist Will Rogers stated that the man with the best job in the world is the vice-president.  All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How is the president?" As long as the president is doing his job, I am okay. 

As a speaker, you have to have a thesis or make a point. One idea might be that you have a vision for your class.  After your initial humor, then begin with a strong statement. Here's a skeleton of a speech that you can fill in with more statements and your ideas:

  • I have a vision for our class.
  • In my vision, I see all of my classmates working toward a unified goal
  • How do we achieve my vision?
  • We work together
  • We share the responsiblity for achieving our goal
  • In my vision, I lead the fund raisers and other activities that will be needed to achieve our unified goal. 
  • We can and will succeed if we stand together and help me complete my vision for our class.
  • I need your help and your vote!

By using the idea of having a goal and a vision, this conveys the idea that you have given running for office a lot of thought.  Furthermore,  it establishes you as a leader who knows what to do to achieve this goal and how to get there.

Add your own personal flavor to the idea.  Add a short story about your vision.  Make the vision your own.