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14.4: Speaking Strategies - The Outline and Preparation

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    Every good speech, presentation or essay needs a plan, and this section will cover the basics of a good outline, as well as preparation tips for any upcoming speaking project (including the upcoming Final Assignment in Unit 14).

    There are hundreds of outline formats available in books and online resources, so it is recommended to find one that flows with your style of research and speaking. You will find an outline structure below that combines the last two units, making a complete outline for a presentation or speech.

    I. Introduction

    • a. Hook
    • b. Greeting
    • c. Topic
    • d. Reason
    • e. Summary (of Main Points in Body)

    II. Body

    • a. First Main Point
      • i. Explain
      • ii. Support
    • b. Second Main Point
      • i. Explain
      • ii. Support
    • c. Third Main Point
      • i. Explain
      • ii. Support

    III. Conclusion

    • a. Summarize your Main Points
    • b. Thank your audience
    • c. Q & A

    Again, this is just one way you can organize your presentation or speech, so use this outline format if you find it helpful or find a structure that best fits your topic and speaking style. For the upcoming Final Assignment in Unit 15, try to use this outline structure and see how it works for you.


    This page titled 14.4: Speaking Strategies - The Outline and Preparation is shared under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Daniel Velasco.

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