A speech outline is something which gives the speaker a clear perspective of what he wants to say. The outline basically arranges and organizes the speech in a clear and logical manner. With a speech outline, the audience gets a better chance of understanding what it is that is being said in a speech and at the same time, gives the speaker a chance to decide what it is he has to say.
Speeches that don’t have an outline often don’t also don’t have structure or any kind of form to the speech. This makes the speech boring as the audience too fails to understand it properly. The items given below will help you in how to write a speech outline.
• Start with a proper introduction. Don’t just plunge in to the topic that you have come to discuss, remember that if you want your audience to really understand what you are saying then you have got to first tell them the basics. Try to mention the main points in the introduction and keep the middle part or body for the evidence or proofs of what you are saying. Elaborate the main points in the body.
• Decide the pattern in which you want your speech to be. There are around 7 formats or organizational patterns that you could follow so choose them according to the audience that you are speaking to. Choosing the right pattern will help you make the outline effectively.
• As mentioned, the introduction of the speech will have the main points. To gather these main points and to get data relevant data in accordance with that you will have to research. So before anything, remember to do some extensive research so you can get yourself some rich information about the topic at hand. The first part of your intro will of course be like any other speech where you introduce yourself by giving your name, your qualification and if time allows, your biggest achievements.
• Next, write the body of the speech outline. Here, as mentioned you have to give the points that support the main idea or thesis that you have given in the introduction. You need to give details so the audience is convinced and has no doubt about what you are saying. Also, do make sure that you have given supporting points for each of the main points, don’t leave anything out. Keep the transition from one paragraph to another smooth.
• Write the final conclusion where you simple summarize the main points you want the audience to remember.