If you think you have what it takes to be a student council representative, then you will need a winning student council election speech to make sure you get elected.
Being a student council representative is a rewarding and satisfying job. You will be helping fellow students make important decisions about day to day school life, voicing their views and acting as a spokesperson for your peers. It's a position of responsibility that will look good on your record and will hold you in good stead if you are hoping to become a prefect or hold another senior role. Staff will look favourably on you and you will be the first point of contact for many pupils with concerns or worries. However, you probably won't be the only applicant for the job, so you need to make sure that your student council election speech makes you stand out from the rest.
Do Your Research
- Before you start writing your speech, do your research! Know exactly what the job entails. Ask the teacher in charge of the student council if you are not sure. He or she will be able to provide you with a breakdown of the role and the sorts of tasks you will be expected to carry out.
- Speak to your fellow students. Find out what they want. Ask around and get a general feel for the current vibe amongst your peers. Know what concerns they have. If elected, you'll be their voice.
- When writing your speech be sure to sell yourself. Highlight the qualities you have that you feel are important. Stress that you are a good listener, that you are sympathetic and have time to spare. Make it clear that you will represent the views of the students, and not your own. It's important that you act impartially and represent the views of the student majority, even if they do not necessarily reflect your own views.
- Having done your research you will know what concerns your peers already have and you can address these issues in your speech. Your fellow students will be impressed that you are in tune with their needs and wants. Staff will be pleased that you are taking the role seriously and have put in the ground work. If they have a deciding vote, they are more likely to vote for you if they can see you are dedicated to the cause.
- Overall, be confident, speak clearly and make eye contact. Use prompt cards if necessary but do not read your speech. Be self-assured and positive!