Tips for Organizing a Speech

speech-organizationOne of the most basic requirements for a good speech is to organize it clearly. No matter how entertaining or interesting your speech is, you must have organized material for your audience to truly understand it. A speech should have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Introduction

First, gain the attention of your audience. The goal is to start your speech with impact. There are several ways to do this, including telling a story, using a quote, asking an interesting question, or giving a startling statistic. After gaining your audience’s attention, you should clearly preview the most important points of your speech. You should specifically state what two or three main ideas you want your audience to take from your presentation.

Body

There are many ways to organize your main points. What is important is that you clearly discuss each main point. Because speech is transitory and fleeting, it is a good idea to specifically number your main points. Tell your audience when you move from your first to your second to your third main point.

Conclusion

The conclusion to your speech summarizes your main points and leaves your audience with a lasting impression. Actually mention each main point again. Give your audience every opportunity to remember the most important ideas in your speech. Finally, leave your audience with a lasting impression. You end your speech in much the same way you began, with a story, quotation, question, or important statistic.

If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to delivering a memorable, well-organized speech!

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Dr. Kerry Owens

Dr. Kerry Owens

Kerry Owens holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address from Louisiana State University. He is currently a professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
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Kerry Owens holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address from Louisiana State University. He is currently a professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.