An oratorical piece may be a stirring speech, a funny story, or a discourse meant to call the listener to action. Before giving an oration, the speaker needs to fully understand the purpose of the piece so he can use the proper tone of voice to portray his intent.
An oration is defined as a speech that is given at a special celebration. Orations can include longer, more formal speeches such as eulogies, graduation speeches, and inaugural addresses. Orations can also include short, less formal speeches such as toasts.
A toast is one example of an oratorical piece that is often short. At a wedding, for example, there may be several toasts or short oratorical speeches that go something like this:
Toasts are common at graduations as well as weddings. Some short oratorical toasts you may offer at a graduation include:
Retirement is a time of great celebration and it is often commemorated with a party. If you are called upon to give toasts at that party, here are some ideas:
A trip abroad or to another location is yet another great reason to celebrate - and to give a toast. Here are some great toasts for going away parties:
One example of a formal oration is John F. Kennedy’s speech about sending a man to the moon, delivered at Rice University in 1962.
Here is an excerpt from the narration and the conclusion:
“But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun--almost as hot as it is here today--and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out--then we must be bold.”
Orations are often used to make a case in support of or against something.
Less formal orations, such as eulogies or toasts, will also have an introduction, narrative, and conclusion. The body of this type of oration may contain personal information, accomplishments, amusing anecdotes, shared memories, or a chronological listing of major events.
No matter the type or audience, if the piece is a short narrative, it can be an example of a short oratorical speech.