Many of us struggle with public speaking! It’s natural to get up in front of a room of people and suddenly feel like you want to melt into the ground, forget everything you had to say, or pepper your sentences with the dreaded “UM”.

However, it’s really important that students learn to practice public speaking from a young age, to help them find their confidence and own voice in this world! They might run for class president one day, rally their peers to protest, or become startup founders that have to pitch investors.

In this article, I will show you how to use Kapwing to make a video to help your students analyze a speech. Videos like this one take the process of learning about public speaking and make it interactive, practical, and fun. You can play students a full speech, and also break it down into the different parts and replay them - all in the same video.

Tutorial: Making a Video Montage of Speeches

There are six steps you can follow to create your own speech montage to show your students examples of what a powerful and professional speech looks like.

Step 1: Pick a speech!
Step 2: Add your clips
Step 3: Trim the video
Step 4: Create your video
Step 5: Use Studio to add text
Step 6: Publish your final video!

1 Pick a speech!

Pick a speech - any speech! Whether you love Barack Obama, MLK Jr, or Greta Thunberg find the YouTube url or save the video to your computer and open up the Kapwing Video Montage Maker. For my example, I used a speech by Malala Yousafzai from the Nobel Peace Prize concert.

2 Add your clips

You can copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video or upload it from your computer directly. Add as many of the same clip or different speech clips as you want. I decided to use just one speech, and break it down into different segments. You, however, might choose to compare the speaking and communication styles of different people, to highlight to students that there’s no ONE way to succeed, even if there are commonalities.

3 Trim the video

Trim the video clips to the length you want them to be! For this video, I put the entirety of her speech as the first clip, to let that play all the way through. I think it’s important that students see the whole speech first, so they can have full context and understanding. Then, I broke it down into smaller clips that emphasized different parts of her speech for students. I used:

  • The opener/ “grabber” to highlight how humor can command a room
  • The central message, summed up succinctly to highlight to the class how any speaker should be able to sum up their main point in one to two key sentences.
  • The “call to action.” - what does she want the audience to walk away and do after hearing the speech?

I also would use these smaller clips to emphasize the mannerisms and physical actions she uses to drive home her points. I would ask students to note her deliberate use of:

  • Hand Motions
  • Pauses
  • Eye contact
  • Voice: tone, speed and volume

4 Create your video

When you’ve trimmed and arranged every clip to your exact liking, you can hit “Create” in the bottom left corner of the page and your video will render!

5 Use Studio to add text

You can then click the “Open in Studio” button if you want to add text to your video, such as title cards or subtitles, or questions that indicate what you want the class to pay attention to.

6 Publish your final video!

When you’re all done editing in Studio, hit PUBLISH! And your video will be available to download in a jiffy! Using this video, you can ask students questions about what they are hearing and watching, and teach them to identify the different parts of a speech. This will serve as a good auditory and visual learning tool for them, and they can use it as a frame of reference for when they practice delivering their own speeches.

You might want to hand out a worksheet to accompany this video, like this one I’ve made for showing up to three different speeches:

As a follow up lesson, have them pick a famous speech (or maybe even write their own) and film themselves delivering it at home as part of their homework, using a phone or camera if they have one. If they don’t have one, you could incorporate this into your next class. You could then have them make their own Kapwing video, or you could make one, and analyze their delivery.

Above all, remember to have fun with this project and help students learn to know and use their power! We all need a refresher of that sometimes, so remember to include yourself in the lesson too! And be sure to tag @kapwingapp in your creations!

This article is part of a series featuring educational tutorials and lesson plan inspirations for K-12 classrooms! Want to see more? Check out the Kapwing EDU Page!