Organizing & Preparing your Speech

Before you start doing any research you need to focus your speech topic. This activity which will take you less than 15 minutes can actually help you save hours in the research and outlining phases.

The general purpose of any speech will be either to Inform; to Persuade; or to Entertain (one you will never use in my class).
As soon as you know the general purpose of your speech you can develop your Specific Purpose- What the speaker will accomplish
but you never state it during your speech .

When you have your specific purpose you are ready to develop your Thesis Statement. This is one sentence that encompasses the central idea of your speech or what you want your audience to remember.

It is important that you realize writing your thesis statement is a four step process:

  1. Choose your topic
  2. Determine your general purpose
  3. Write your specific purpose
  4. Tie it all together by composing a clear concise thesis statement

Click here for more examples on how to develop the top of the outline

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