Had Meg, the student mentioned in the opening anecdote, taken some time to work through the organizational process, it is likely her speech would have gone much more smoothly when she finished her introduction. It is very common for beginning speakers to spend a great deal of their time preparing catchy introductions, fancy PowerPoint presentations, and nice conclusions, which are all very important. However, the body of any speech is where the speaker must make effective arguments, provide helpful information, entertain, and the like, so it makes sense that speakers should devote a proportionate amount of time to these areas as well. By following this chapter, as well as studying the other chapters in this text, you should be prepared to craft interesting, compelling, and organized speeches.
- Name three questions you should ask yourself when selecting a topic.
- What is the difference between a general and specific purpose statement? Write examples of each for each of these topics: dog training, baking a cake, climate change.
- How does the thesis statement differ from the specific purpose statement?
- Which speech organization style arranges points by time? Which one arranges points by direction? Which one arranges points according to a five-step sequence?
- Which speech organization styles are best suited for persuasive speeches?
- Define signpost. What are three types of signposts?
- What is the correct format for a speech outline?