No matter what grade your students are in, and no matter which country they are pursuing their education in, student life is difficult. At every grade, the academic course gets tougher, students grow older and wiser, and continuously evolve and adapt to the environment around them.

Students in Grade 11 do not just grow intellectually but they also grow physically. If the academic pressure is not enough, they may also have problems in their personal life with their friends and family. More importantly, they are also at a phase where their choices may determine their future which leaves them in a dilemma.

These choices may include choosing one course or another, choosing whether to enjoy their vacations over pursuing an internship, choosing one friend over another, or even choosing how they should spend the 24 hours of a day. All in all grade 11 is a difficult phase in life.

This makes facing a crowd of Grade 11 students is a tough spot to be in. This is because not everyone is facing the same thing and not everyone can be motivated by the same things. Nevertheless, here are some tips if you are someone looking to write a speech for Grade 11 students.


1. Understand the crowd:

Understanding the people you are addressing and then writing a speech is what will make your speech impactful. You need to understand their mindset, the problems they are facing, what they consider important in life, and curate your speech accordingly.

Without a clear understanding of the 11 Graders, your speech may sound redundant. Thus, before you write a speech, have conversations with the people, and understand where they are coming from. Only once you understand this you will be able to know what you should motivate them for.

2. Don’t make it long:

Your speech must be short, sweet, and impactful. Youngsters have a short attention span. You will need to convey your message in the fastest way possible. Thus, do not try quoting long motivational paragraphs and sentences, get to the point as soon as you can.

3. Use their language:

Whether it is the words that you use or the tone that you use, ensure that the language and words you use are something that the students can understand and relate to. Avoid using complex words or phrases and instead, try using trendy words and phrases.

4. Make it relatable:

People best understand things when they can relate to the situation. While you can use examples of famous people, it is best if you use your own examples and experiences, or examples of the people students know. This will make them feel that if someone amongst them can do it, even they can do the same.

5. The motivation should be realistic and honest:

Often people motivate students by saying things that are unachievable or may not be something that they are ready for. Thus, be realistic and motivate them to achieve smaller goals. Another thing you must keep in mind is to be truthful, if times are going to get tough for Grade 11 students tell them that, they will like your honesty and be motivated to look for ways to overcome the challenges.


Check out the sample motivational speech for grade 11 students below as a take-off point. Remember, this is only a sample speech and as such very general and not personal. Try and incorporate many relatable incidents either from the students day to day lives or your own life to make the speech more impactful.

Hello my dear students,

How are we doing today!! I want to talk to you today about your goals in life. I know it must be confounding to stay fit, complete your academic work, maintain a social life, and have your life goals all sorted out. It is natural to look at the most successful people in the world and wonder how on earth they got there. While some famous icons knew what they wanted to do and achieved success early on, others made a longer, more complex journey to get to that point. Though every person has a unique path to success there are some vital factors on which everyone agrees. Let us today look at these common factors and may be we can also imbibe them.

1. Never leave things unfinished. Always strive towards the completion of your task at hand. Your dreams are made up of many small details so never leave these small details unaccomplished. Always remember to finish the task you have started however difficult it may seem.

2. Remember, if it is hard for you then it is hard for everyone else. Fear of failing is common among all of us. It is what holds us back from our goals. When we let this fear overcome us we end up doing nothing. It takes courage to break out of your comfort zone. But dear students, the real magic happens when we step outside out comfort zone.

3. It is very common to give up and move in a new direction as soon as we fail. But, each mistake is actually an opportunity to improve. Let them motivate you to do better. Embrace your mistakes and learn from them. Mistakes are like stepping stones to success. You cannot appreciate success without failure. Failure makes our success meaningful. Perseverance made Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Nelson Mandela, and J.K. Rowling success stories even after multiple setbacks.

4. Compete with yourself not others, respect others. Competition often leads to destruction. Each and every one of you is special and talented but very different. Can we compare the beauty of a rose and a sunflower. Can you tell me which is more beautiful. It is a fool’s task to compare two eternally beautiful flowers. Each person is beautiful and worthy of respect. So respect your fellow human beings and compete with yourself. Every day, try to do better than you did yesterday.

Real success demands passion, commitment, persistence, hunger, and patience.

Always remember Thomas Edison’s story of failure, frustration, catastrophy and ultimately success. After failing 1000 times he said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

I will end with a message by Albert Einstein which aptly sums up today’s discussion, “You never fail until you stop trying.”

HERE is a video by Jay Shetty that can help you write a speech and at the same time also help you get an idea of the tone you should use.

Use these tips while writing down ideas for your speech and you should be good to go. If you are specifically looking to curate a speech that motivates Grade 11 students for the examination, HERE is a must-read article for you.

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