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So you want to create a speech. You know the content, you know the message you want to get across but you need a structure of how you are going to deliver your presentation so that its effective and its get through to the audience. Today I am giving you a public speaking outline example to accomplish just that.
What is a public speaking outline?
A public speaking outline is the structure of your speech in basic form. So that might be bullet points on how you are going to progress through things. It could even be a mind map.
It’s up to you how you structure your speech and how your speech flows but a public speaking outline should show you as a speaker exactly how your speech is meant to flow and give you clues to how you can create your speech better.
The whole idea is that we create an outline before we create our speech.
A Very Simple Public Speaking Outline Example
- Main Body
That’s very simple example of an outline.
An outline exist to help you to create a structure for your speech so then you can then extrapolate that out, expand that out and create a full speech.
An outline is also used when you have created your speech and now you want to condense it to make it smaller and use it as a reference point when you are giving your presentation.
A public speaking outline is very effective tool that many professional speakers use to understand and know what they are going to deliver.
So with your introduction how do we set that up? What’s the outline below introduction?
When we are looking at the introduction we need to look at firstly, what content we are trying to get across and how we going to introduce that in a way that engages the audience.
I did a video and a blog post on how we can do introductions so that we are not boring.
One of the biggest mistake people make is they get up in front of the people and they say, “Hello, my name is Ryan McLean and I am 25 yrs old, I work in this company, I have worked in the industry for eight years and I have done this and I have done that”.
The people in audience are actually falling asleep in their chairs. We want to engage our audience and we want to get them to buy in to our presentation and buy into our introduction.
So there are four ways that are recommended you can to do this:
- With a Quote
- With A Question
- With A Factoid
- With A Story
The introduction is very important. So think of some different ways that you can introduce your topic to make it exciting, to make interesting because whole goal of the introduction is to get people excited to listen to the rest of your presentation.
2. The Body Of Your Presentation
You can construct the body in any way that you want.
So with that body we want main messages that we need to get across to let say we have got good introduction then we got body and in that body what we going to have is three points.
So we are going to have one, two, three and in your outline you will list those three main messages and then you will then make a note of a story that you want to tell or quote that you want to give or statistic or some reference that you want to provide to back up the point that you are presenting.
3. The Conclusion
You want to wrap up the conclusion and in some way you want to bring it back to the message that you already delivered or if possible the core message that you are delivering.
The conclusion is probably the thing that will be remembered the most. Find an interesting way to do that and then if possible and if required and appropriate give a call to action.
The call to action could be ‘Go to the back and sign up’, or it could be something as simple as ‘Think about X why you doing Y’.
So there we have a public speaking outline.
1. Introduction – how are we going to introduce to topic? Are we going use a quote, a question, a factoid or a story?
2. Body – How many points do we have and what do we using to support those points
3. Conclusion – How are we going to wrap it up and give a call to action?
So, there you have public speaking outline example that you can use. It is a very simple way to help you create a public speech and act as a reference point for your speech so you can remember and present with confidence.
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Introductions should secure audience attention and interest, orient listeners to the plan and content of the speech and set expectations.
- Get the audience’s attention with a story, quotation, personal experience, etc.
- Identify the topic and indicate why it is relevant, important, or interesting.
- Establish your credibility through words or behavior.
- Provide context, background, and definitions listeners might need.
- State your purpose, thesis, or research question.
- Preview the body of your speech.
- Make a transition to the first point in the body of the speech.
- Start with “um" or "OK.”
- Apologize for weaknesses in your content, preparation or speaking ability.
- Complain about food, accommodations, equipment, facilities or other speakers.
- Use “humor” that might disparage, offend or alienate your listeners.
- Use cheap tricks to get attention.
- Go on about how hard it was to choose a topic.
Conclusions should reinforce the message and give the speech unity and closure.
- Summarize the main points of your speech.
- Restate your purpose or thesis.
- Create closure, a sense of finality.
- In persuasive speeches, make a final call for commitment or action.
- Open new areas of discussion or argument.
- Change position or viewpoint.
- Resort to feeble closing phrases like “and that's all I have to say.”
- Say “thank you” just because the audience doesn't seem to realize that your speech is over.