Chapter 1: Mastering the ABCs of Public Speaking

Now that you've completed the parts of the "Header," you're ready to proceed to the main three parts of the speech.

2. Introduction

Greeting and Attention Getter: What strategy will you use to get the audience's attention? Think of a line that will cause them to listen up right from the gate.

Thesis: Here's where you introduce the audience to the goal and topic of your speech.

Credibility: In this section, you introduce yourself to the audience and include who you are and why you feel you're the ideal candidate to discuss the topic at hand. This is where you establish credibility.

Overview: Tell them what you plan to cover in your speech and why the information is important and relevant to them.

3. The Body

Transition: As you move from the introduction to the main part of your speech, select a sentence or phrase that will let the audience know that you're moving into the body of the speech.

Main Points and Ideas:
Main Points Supporting ideas Evidence Visuals
What are the main points you want to cover in your speech? What information will you present to support this particular main point? Include examples or details that you have to support these points? What visuals will you use to illustrate these particular points or views?
       
       
       
       

4. The Conclusion

Transition: As you move from the introduction to the main part of your speech, select a sentence or phrase that will let the audience know that you've reached the conclusion of your speech.

Reinstatement of Main Points: Provide a summary of your main points and highlight the information that you want your audience to key in on.

Closer: Choose a memorable sentence that will make a strong lasting impression.

Use the above outline as a guide, not a script. At the same time, if you successfully fill in the areas above, you will have everything you need to deliver a strong, effective message. If you have all (or at least the majority) of the information above then you're ready to write a powerful speech.

So what's the big idea?

If you want to deliver a great speech, you need to have an objective, think about the type of information you plan to include, and understand how you're going to develop the introduction, body, and conclusion of your speech. Once you do that, you can work on formulating the speech and delivering your message. Unless of course if you're dealing with stage fright, then refer to chapter 2 before you hit the stage.


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