This section focuses on speech outline. There are different types of speeches, among which the most popular are persuasive, informative, demonstrative, and commemorative.
An outline for different categories of speeches may vary,
and you should contact your professor to find out which type s/he requires you to prepare.
Below you will find a basic organization of a speech outline. It includes three sections:
Introduction: Presents a topic of the speech and tells the audience the major points of your speech.
Body: Contains the main points of your speech, where you focus on details; here too you provide all the informative or supportive evidence to explain and support your points.
Conclusion: Summarizes the main points of your speech and stresses the most important details to make a lasting impact on the audience.
A detailed speech outline follows the same pattern as the basic speech outline, but it also contains subparts corresponding to the main parts of the outline. Below you will find a description of a layout outline that allows you to plan and present your speech material in a logical and concise way. In general, you may refer to this detailed outline if you wish to write a good speech of any type; you may also use it as your speech script.
A layout outline for a custom speech contains three parts, which are:
Greeting and Attention Gatherer: The way you greet the audience and capture the attention of your listeners.
Thesis Statement: A sentence in the introduction specifying the purpose and the subject of the speech.
Authority: The process of presenting yourself to the audience and establishing your credibility to persuade your audience that you are "trustworthy" enough to speak about the subject.
Summary: An overview of the main points of the speech.
Important Answer: An answer to the question: "Why do you think your presentation will be useful and/or valuable to the audience?"
Transition: A sentence signaling to the audience the end of the introduction and the beginning of the main part of the speech.
Main points: A detailed presentation of the main points and ideas of the speech; a description of your supporting ideas along with examples and visuals to explain and/or clarify your points.
Transition: A sentence signaling to the audience the end of the body part of the speech and the beginning of the concluding part of the speech.
Paraphrasing of the Main Points: Restatement of your main points and ideas and emphasis on those parts of your speech you really want your audience to remember.
Closing Statement: A final sentence (it may be presented in the form of a rhetorical question), where you emphasize to the audience your key statement.