Generally, it is easier to make an informal speech formal than to make a formal speech informal. Formal speeches typically require more precision and structure, and the use of specific language and formal tone. Therefore, when making an informal speech formal, you would typically need to add more structure, use more precise and formal language, and adjust your tone to make it more formal. However, you may not necessarily need to change the meaning of what you are saying.
On the other hand, making a formal speech informal may require you to make more significant changes to the language, tone, and structure. You may need to simplify complex sentences, use less formal language, and adjust your tone to make it more conversational. Depending on the context and audience, you may also need to add humor or personal anecdotes to make the speech more engaging.
Overall, the ease of making an informal speech formal or a formal speech informal depends on the specific speech and the speaker’s skills in adapting to different styles and tones.
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