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Writing a Speech Outline
*Writing a speech outline *
An outline is a blueprint for your presentation.
- It highlights the logical key elements, i.e. what points are being made to logically support the key message.
- It highlights the structural key elements, e.g. introduction, body, conclusion, stories, high-level concepts.
- It links these elements together in a sequence perhaps including a very rough timetable.
- It can also map out the transitions between elements, although this may be deferred to a later stage of preparation.
The basic speech outline template for structural elements is:
- Introduction / Tell them what you are going to say
- Body / Tell them
- Conclusion / Tell them what you have said
Establish topic and key message; list supporting points
- Supporting Point One
- Supporting Point Two
- Supporting Point Three
Recap main points; summarize key message; call-to-action
A few other things to consider:
- The density of your outline should be roughly one outline point per minute of speaking time, perhaps less for lengthy presentations.
- Your presentation is much more than your set of slides. Your outline should reflect your speech elements which the slides complement.
- When sequencing your outline points, try to avoid a random order. Seek and extract the meaningful relationship.
- Chronological – e.g. a biographical speech
- Spatial – e.g. an entertaining travel speech
- Cause-effect – e.g. speech relating crime rate to drug use
- Low to high importance – e.g. reasons to exercise